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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•gain /ˈbɑrgən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a purchase to one's advantage, esp. at less than the usual cost.
- an agreement between parties:made a bargain to take turns driving.
- 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.
- bargain on or for [~ + on/for + object] to expect to get;
anticipate receiving:She got more than she bargained for when she married him.
- drive a hard bargain, to argue very hard to get a favorable agreement.
- Idiomsin or into the bargain, in addition;
(bär′gən),USA pronunciation n.
- an advantageous purchase, esp. one acquired at less than the usual cost:The sale offered bargains galore.
- an agreement between parties settling what each shall give and take or perform and receive in a transaction.
- such an agreement as affecting one of the parties:a losing bargain.
- something acquired by bargaining.
- Informal Termsan agreeable person, esp. one who causes no trouble or difficulty (usually used in negative constructions):His boss is no bargain.
- 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.
- 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.
- to discuss the terms of a bargain;
- to come to an agreement;
make a bargain:We bargained on a three-year term.
- to arrange by bargain;
negotiate:to bargain a new wage increase.
- 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.
- bargain for, to anticipate or take into account:The job turned out to be more than he had bargained for.
- bargain on, to expect or anticipate;
count or rely on:You can't bargain on what she'll do in this situation.
- 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
- an agreement or contract establishing what each party will give, receive, or perform in a transaction between them
- something acquired or received in such an agreement
- US something bought or offered at a low price
- (as modifier): a bargain price
- into the bargain, US in the bargain ⇒ in excess of what has been stipulated; besides
- make a bargain, strike a bargain ⇒ to agree on terms
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French bargaigne, from bargaignier to trade, of Germanic origin; compare Medieval Latin barcāniāre to trade, Old English borgian to borrowˈbargainer n ˈbargaining n , adj
- (intransitive) to negotiate the terms of an agreement, transaction, etc
- (transitive) to exchange, as in a bargain
- to arrive at (an agreement or settlement)