a. An agreement establishing the terms of a sale or exchange of goods or services: reached a bargain with the antique dealer over the lamp.
b. Property acquired or services rendered as a result of such an agreement.
3. Something offered or acquired at a price advantageous to the buyer: That silk dress is a bargain at that price.
v. bar·gained, bar·gain·ing, bar·gains
1. To negotiate the terms of an agreement, as to sell or exchange.
2. To engage in collective bargaining.
3. To arrive at an agreement.
To exchange; trade: bargained my watch for a meal.
To count on; expect: “I never bargained for this tearing feeling inside me” (Anne Tyler).
Over and above what is expected; in addition.
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1. (Commerce) an agreement or contract establishing what each party will give, receive, or perform in a transaction between them
2. (Commerce) something acquired or received in such an agreement
a. something bought or offered at a low price: a bargain at an auction.
b. (as modifier): a bargain price.
4. into the bargain US in the bargain in excess of what has been stipulated; besides
5. (Commerce) make a bargain strike a bargain to agree on terms
6. (Commerce) (intr) to negotiate the terms of an agreement, transaction, etc
7. (Commerce) (tr) to exchange, as in a bargain
8. to arrive at (an agreement or settlement)
[C14: from Old French bargaigne, from bargaignier to trade, of Germanic origin; compare Medieval Latin barcāniāre to trade, Old English borgian to borrow]
ˈbargaining n, adj
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1. an advantageous purchase, esp. one acquired at less than the usual cost.
2. an agreement between parties settling what each shall do, give, receive, etc., in a transaction.
3. such an agreement as affecting one of the parties: a losing bargain.
4. something acquired by bargaining.
5. to discuss the terms of a bargain; negotiate; haggle.
6. to conclude a bargain.
7. to arrange by bargain; negotiate.
8. to anticipate as likely to occur; expect (usu. fol. by a clause): I’ll bargain that he’s our next supervisor.
9. bargain for or on, to expect; anticipate: I never bargained on a 12-hour day.
in or into the bargain, besides.
[1300–50; Middle English (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French bargai(g)ner, probably < Frankish]
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Past participle: bargained
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