1. The amount as of money or goods, asked for or given in exchange for something else.
2. The cost at which something is obtained: believes that the price of success is hard work.
3. The cost of bribing someone: maintained that every person has a price.
4. A reward offered for the capture or killing of a person: a felon with a price on his head.
5. Archaic Value or worth.
1. To fix or establish a price for: shoes that are priced at sixty dollars.
2. To find out the price of: spent the day pricing dresses.
To eliminate the demand for (goods or services) by setting prices too high.
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1. the sum in money or goods for which anything is or may be bought or sold
2. the cost at which anything is obtained
3. the cost of bribing a person
4. a sum of money offered or given as a reward for a capture or killing
5. value or worth, esp high worth
7. at any price whatever the price or cost
8. at a price at a high price
9. beyond price without price invaluable or priceless
10. the price of someone Irish what someone deserves, esp a fitting punishment: it’s just the price of him.
11. what price something? what are the chances of something happening now?
12. to fix or establish the price of
13. to ascertain or discover the price of
14. (Commerce) price out of the market to charge so highly for as to prevent the sale, hire, etc, of
[C13 pris, from Old French, from Latin pretium price, value, wage]
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n., v. priced, pric•ing. n.
1. the sum or amount of money or its equivalent for which anything is bought, sold, or offered for sale.
2. a sum offered for the capture of a person alive or dead: to put a price on someone’s head.
3. an amount of money for which a person will forsake principles or obligations: They claim that every politician has his price.
4. that which must be given, done, or undergone in order to obtain a thing.
5. Archaic. value or worth.
6. to fix the price of.
7. to ask or find out the price of.
[1175–1225; Middle English pris(e) < Old French < Latin pretium price, value, worth]
1. (Edward) Reynolds, born 1933, U.S. novelist.
2. (Mary) Le•on•tyne (ˈli ənˌtin) born 1927, U.S. soprano.
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The price or cost of something is the amount of money you must pay to buy it.
The price of oil doubled in a few months.
They are worried about the rising cost of food.
You can also use cost to refer to the amount of money needed to do or make something.
The cost of raising a child is very high.
The building was recently restored at a cost of £500,000.
Don’t use “https://www.thefreedictionary.com/price” in this way. Don’t say, for example, ‘The price of raising a child is very high.’
You use the plural noun costs when you are referring to the total amount of money needed to run something such as a business.
We need to cut our costs in order to make a profit.
Stores have had to raise their prices to cover increased costs.
You use cost as a verb to talk about the amount of money that you must pay for something.
The dress costs $200.
How much do these new phones cost?
A two-day stay there cost me $125.
How much did that haircut cost you?
Don’t use ‘to’ after cost in a sentence like this. Don’t say, for example, ‘How much did that haircut cost to you?’
The price /praɪs/ of something is the amount of money that you must pay to buy it.
The price of a cup of coffee is almost five dollars.
The price is shown on the label.
See price – cost
A prize /praɪz/ is something given to someone for winning a competition or game, or for doing good work.
He won a prize in a painting competition.
She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.
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Past participle: priced
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