• (RP) enPR: bägən, IPA: /ˈbɑːɡən/, /-ɡɪn/
  • (GA) enPR: bärgən, IPA: /ˈbɑːɹɡən/

bargain (plural bargains)

  1. An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract by which one party binds himself to transfer the right to some property for a consideration, and the other party binds himself to receive the property and pay the consideration.
    • 1883, J. J. S Wharton, Wharton's Law Lexicon:
      A contract is a bargain that is legally binding.
  2. An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge.
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III scene ii:
      […] And when your honors mean to solemnize / The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you, / Even at that time I may be married too.
  3. An item purchased for significantly less than the usual, or recommended, price
  4. A gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase.
    to buy a thing at a bargain
    At that price, it's not just a bargain, it's a steal.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; […].
  5. The thing stipulated or purchased.
    • c. 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act V scene ii:
      If he say so, may his pernicious soul Rot half a grain a day! He lies to th' heart. She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.
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bargain (bargains, present participle bargaining; past and past participle bargained)

  1. (intransitive) To make a bargain; to make a deal or contract for the exchange of property or services; to negotiate
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I:
      So worthless peasants bargain for their wives.
      United we bargain, divided we beg
    They had to bargain for a few minutes to get a decent price for the rug.
  2. (transitive) To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade

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