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."

Definitions of bargain
  1. noun
    an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
    “he made a bargain with the devil”
    synonyms: deal
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    type of:
    agreement, understanding
    the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
  2. verb
    come to terms; arrive at an agreement
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    type of:
    consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
  3. verb
    negotiate the terms of an exchange
    “We bargained for a beautiful rug in the bazaar”
    synonyms: dicker
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    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
  4. noun
    an advantageous purchase
    “she got a bargain at the auction”
    synonyms: buy, steal
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    a very small sum
    travel bargain
    a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)
    type of:
    something acquired by purchase
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