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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•gain /ˈbɑrgən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a purchase to one's advantage, esp. at less than the usual cost.
  2. an agreement between parties:made a bargain to take turns driving.

  1. to discuss the terms of a bargain;
    negotiate: [no object]bargained skillfully.[+ with + object]Management bargained with labor.[+ for + object]She might bargain for custody of the children.
  2. bargain on or  for [+ on/for + object] to expect to get;
    anticipate receiving:She got more than she bargained for when she married him.
  1. drive a hard bargain, to argue very hard to get a favorable agreement.
  2. Idiomsin or into the bargain, in addition;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•gain  (bärgən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an advantageous purchase, esp. one acquired at less than the usual cost:The sale offered bargains galore.
  2. an agreement between parties settling what each shall give and take or perform and receive in a transaction.
  3. such an agreement as affecting one of the parties:a losing bargain.
  4. something acquired by bargaining.
  5. Informal Termsan agreeable person, esp. one who causes no trouble or difficulty (usually used in negative constructions):His boss is no bargain.
  6. Idiomsin or  into the bargain, over and above what has been stipulated;
    besides:The new housekeeper proved to be a fine cook in the bargain.
  7. Idiomsstrike a bargain, to make a bargain;
    agree to terms:They were unable to strike a bargain because the owner's asking price was more than the prospective buyer could afford.

  1. to discuss the terms of a bargain;
  2. to come to an agreement;
    make a bargain:We bargained on a three-year term.

  1. to arrange by bargain;
    negotiate:to bargain a new wage increase.
  2. to anticipate as likely to occur;
    expect (usually fol. by a clause):I'll bargain that he's going to give those company directors plenty of trouble.
  3. bargain for, to anticipate or take into account:The job turned out to be more than he had bargained for.
  4. bargain on, to expect or anticipate;
    count or rely on:You can't bargain on what she'll do in this situation.
bargain•a•ble, adj. 
bargain•er, n. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French bargai( g)ne, bargain, noun, nominal derivative of the verb, verbal; o a in 1st syllable is unexplained
  • Frankish *borganjan, extended form of Gmc *borgan (compare Old High German bor(a)gēn to look after, Middle High German, German borgen to lend, borrow); (noun, nominal) Middle English bargayn
  • Anglo-French, Old French bargai( g)ner, probably
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English bargaynen 1300–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stipulation, arrangement, transaction. See  agreement. 
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  trade. 
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged contract, covenant.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bargain /ˈbɑːɡɪn/ n
  1. an agreement or contract establishing what each party will give, receive, or perform in a transaction between them
  2. something acquired or received in such an agreement
  3. US something bought or offered at a low price
  4. (as modifier): a bargain price
  5. into the bargain, US in the bargainin excess of what has been stipulated; besides
  6. make a bargain, strike a bargainto agree on terms
  1. (intransitive) to negotiate the terms of an agreement, transaction, etc
  2. (transitive) to exchange, as in a bargain
  3. to arrive at (an agreement or settlement)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French bargaigne, from bargaignier to trade, of Germanic origin; compare Medieval Latin barcāniāre to trade, Old English borgian to borrow

ˈbargainer n ˈbargaining n , adj

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