bargain

The table you bought at a yard sale for five dollars might seem like a bargain until you get it home and realize it only has three legs. A bargain is a good deal.

Inexpensive items are one type of bargain, and another kind of bargain is an agreement you make with someone — a deal or compromise. Two countries might strike a trade bargain, or you could make a bargain with your friend that you'll drive to the mall if she buys you a giant cinnamon roll. Bargain also means to negotiate the details of a purchase, which makes sense because the root word is bargaignier, French for "haggle over the price."

Primary Meanings of bargain

1.
nv
an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
come to terms; arrive at an agreement
2.
n
an advantageous purchase
Full Definitions of bargain
1

n an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each

“he made a bargain with the devil”
Synonyms:
deal
Type of:
agreement, understanding
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

v come to terms; arrive at an agreement

Type of:
agree
consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something

v negotiate the terms of an exchange

“We bargained for a beautiful rug in the bazaar”
Synonyms:
dicker
Types:
chaffer, haggle, higgle, huckster
wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
bargain down, beat down
persuade the seller to accept a lower price
Type of:
negociate, negotiate, talk terms
discuss the terms of an arrangement
2

n an advantageous purchase

“she got a bargain at the auction”
Synonyms:
buy, steal
Types:
song
a very small sum
travel bargain
a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)
Type of:
purchase
something acquired by purchase

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