bargain


bargain
[[t]bɑ͟ː(r)gɪn[/t]]
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bargains, bargaining, bargained
1) N-COUNT Something that is a bargain is good value for money, usually because it has been sold at a lower price than normal.

At this price the wine is a bargain...

Fresh salmon is a bargain at the supermarket this week.

2) N-COUNT A bargain is an agreement, especially a formal business agreement, in which two people or groups agree what each of them will do, pay, or receive.

I'll make a bargain with you. I'll play hostess if you'll include Matthew in your guest-list...

The treaty was based on a bargain between the French and German governments.

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3) VERB When people bargain with each other, they discuss what each of them will do, pay, or receive.

[V with n] They prefer to bargain with individual clients, for cash...

Shop in small local markets and don't be afraid to bargain.

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Derived words:
bargainer plural N-COUNT

A union bargainer said that those jobs have been saved.

bargaining N-UNCOUNT oft supp N

The government has called for sensible pay bargaining.

4) PHRASE: V, ADJ, and N inflect If people drive a hard bargain, they argue with determination in order to achieve a deal which is favourable to themselves.

Ukraine was always going to drive a hard bargain before signing the treaty.

5) PHRASE: cl PHR (emphasis) You use into the bargain when mentioning an additional quantity, feature, fact, or action, to emphasize the fact that it is also involved. You can also say in the bargain in American English.

This machine is designed to save you effort, and keep your work surfaces tidy into the bargain...

She is rich. Now you say she is a beauty into the bargain.

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as well
6) PHRASE: V inflects If you keep your side of the bargain, you do what you have promised or arranged to do.

Dealing with this dictator wasn't an option. He wouldn't have kept his side of the bargain.

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  • bargain — bar·gain 1 n often attrib [Old French bargaigne negotiation, haggling, from bargaignier to haggle] 1: an agreement between parties that settles what each gives or receives (as a promise or performance) in a transaction between them compare… …   Law dictionary

  • Bargain — Bar gain, n. [OE. bargayn, bargany, OF. bargaigne, bargagne, prob. from a supposed LL. barcaneum, fr. barca a boat which carries merchandise to the shore; hence, to traffic to and fro, to carry on commerce in general. See {Bark} a vessel. ] 1. An …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bargain — [bär′gən] n. [ME & OFr bargaine < OFr bargaignier, to haggle < Frank * borganjan, to lend, akin to OE borgian,BORROW] 1. a mutual agreement or contract in which the parties settle on what should be given or done by each 2. the terms of such …   English World dictionary

  • bargain — ► NOUN 1) an agreement made between people as to what each will do for the other. 2) a thing bought or offered for sale for a low price. ► VERB 1) negotiate the terms of an agreement. 2) (bargain for/on) expect. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Bargain — Bar gain, v. i. [OE. barganien, OF. bargaigner, F. barguigner, to hesitate, fr. LL. barcaniare. See {Bargain}, n.] To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; followed by with and for; as, to bargain with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bargain — Bar gain, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bargained} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bargaining}.] To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another. [1913 Webster] {To bargain away}, to dispose of in a bargain; usually with a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bargain — could mean some of the following: * The process whereby buyer and seller agree the price of goods or services. See bargaining. * An agreement to exchange goods at a price. * Such an agreement where one of the parties thinks the price is very… …   Wikipedia

  • bargain — [n1] agreement arrangement, bond, business, compact, contract, convention, covenant, deal, engagement, negotiation, pact, pledge, promise, stipulation, transaction, treaty, understanding; concept 684 bargain [n2] something bought at cheap price… …   New thesaurus

  • bargain\ on — • bargain on • bargain for v To be ready for; expect. When John started a fight with the smaller boy he got more than he bargained for. The final cost of building the house was much more than they had bargained on. Compare: count on …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bargain — n *contract, compact, pact …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bargain — I n. agreement 1) to drive; make, strike; seal a bargain 2) to meet one s end of a bargain 3) a hard bargain (she drives a hard bargain) 4) a bargain with (we struck a bargain with them) 5) a bargain to + inf. (they made a bargain not to cut… …   Combinatory dictionary


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