price

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: the amount of money given or set as consideration for the sale of a specified thing
b
: the quantity of one thing that is exchanged or demanded in barter or sale for another
2
: the cost at which something is obtained
… the price of freedom is restraint … J. Irwin Miller
3
: the terms for the sake of which something is done or undertaken: such as
a
: an amount sufficient to bribe one
believed every man had his price
b
: a reward for the apprehension or death of a person
an outlaw with a price on his head
4
archaic : value, worth

price

2 of 2

verb

priced; pricing

transitive verb

1
: to set a price on
2
: to find out the price of
3
: to drive by raising prices excessively
priced themselves out of the market
pricer noun

Example Sentences

Noun You paid a high price for the car. We bought the house at a good price. The price of milk rose. What is the difference in price between the two cars? I know he said he wouldn't do it, but I think it's just a matter of finding his price. Verb They priced the house too high. Workers quickly priced the new merchandise. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
While Tiffany wouldn’t reveal its price, a similar stone sold for nearly $3 million at Christie’s two years ago. Jill Newman, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2022 On Tuesday, Walmart said its third-quarter sales popped 8.7 percent; investors cheered by powering its stock price 6.5 percent. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 The Gathering property by selling too many collectible cards sparked a steep sell off in its stock price. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2022 Despite record inflation this year, its price has fallen 65%. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 The front-wheel-drive Sport, which is currently sold out for 2023 thanks to its low starting price of $37,499 before destination, will use the smaller Touring Range pack and deliver 250 miles of range. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2022 And in the buildup of early Black Friday deals on top tech items, Amazon dropped the 2020 MacBook Air down to $799.99, a full $200 off its original price. Ellen Mcalpine, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2022 Giselle starts missing her old life, only to discover that returning to a fairy-tale world has its price. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 MycoWorks declined to specify its price, but competitor Bolt Threads told Bloomberg its material costs about $25 per square foot, similar to high-quality calf leather, so the first products using it have come out of the luxury goods world. Byian Mount, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2022
Verb
That would price it well over the cost of entertainment subscriptions such as a premium Netflix or ultimate Xbox Game Pass account. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2022 Why not price the front row at $1250 and cap them at two times that? Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 30 Aug. 2022 But sellers who want to sell must price correctly, and buyers who want to buy should seek value but not overestimate the strength of their position. Frederick Peters, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Higher loan rates will price some consumers out of the market and already are prompting more customers to choose less-pricey models, Ford executives said. Mike Colias, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2022 That’s already pushing up mortgage payments as lenders price in more aggressive rate hikes by the Bank of England to tackle the inflationary impact of the tax cuts and weaker pound. Anna Cooban, CNN, 14 Oct. 2022 While discussing the headset with Ben Thompson on Stratechery, Zuckerberg articulated that Facebook isn’t trying to price gouge consumers, in stark contrast to Apple. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 14 Oct. 2022 Those projects, noted Luke Bergmann, the county’s director of behavioral health, require more study before his department can affix price tags. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2022 Food supplies will be disrupted, with extreme heat events potentially contributing to price volatility for staple crops like wheat. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English pris, from Anglo-French, from Latin pretium price, money; probably akin to Sanskrit prati- against, in return — more at pros-

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of price was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Price.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/price. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

price 1 of 2

noun

1
: the quantity of one thing and especially money that is exchanged or demanded in exchange for another
2
: reward entry 2 sense 1
a price on an outlaw's head
3
: the cost at which something is gotten or done
victory at any price

price

2 of 2

verb

priced; pricing
1
: to set a price on
2
: to ask the price of
pricer noun

Biographical Definition

Price

biographical name

(Mary) Le*on*tyne lē-ˈän-ˌtēn How to pronounce Price (audio)
ˈlē-ən-ˌtēn,
ˈlā-
1927–     American soprano

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