price

The price of something is how much it costs. It’s usually money, but sometimes not. For example, the price of staying up all night is that you’re really sleepy the next day. Wake up!

You can use the noun price to mean the money exchanged for an item or service — or use it figuratively, to mean "something negative that's required in exchange for something positive." If you hear the phrase "a small price to pay," think of this figurative meaning. You could say, for example, that having clouds of pet hair all over your house is a small price to pay for your wonderful cat.

Definitions of price
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n the amount of money needed to purchase something

“the price of gasoline”
Synonyms:
damage, terms
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asking price, selling price
the price at which something is offered for sale
bid price
(stock market) the price at which a broker is willing to buy a certain security
closing price
(stock market) the price of the last transaction completed during a day's trading session
factory price
price charged for goods picked up at the factory
highway robbery
an exorbitant price
purchase price
the price at which something is actually purchased
cash price, spot price
the current delivery price of a commodity traded in the spot market
support level
(stock market) the price at which a certain security becomes attractive to investors
valuation
assessed price
offer price
(stock market) the price at which a broker is willing to sell a certain security
upset price
(auction) the minimum price at which a seller of property will entertain bids
list price
the selling price of something as stated in a catalogue or price list; often subject to discounts
Type of:
cost
the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

n value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something

“the price of success is hard work”
“what price glory?”
Synonyms:
cost, toll
Types:
death toll
the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster
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value
the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

n the high value or worth of something

“her price is far above rubies”
Type of:
worth
the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful

n the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)

“he puts a high price on his services”
Synonyms:
cost, monetary value
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average cost
total cost for all units bought (or produced) divided by the number of units
differential cost, incremental cost, marginal cost
the increase or decrease in costs as a result of one more or one less unit of output
expensiveness
the quality of being high-priced
assessment
the market value set on assets
inexpensiveness
the quality of being affordable
tax assessment
the value set on taxable property
costliness, dearness, preciousness
the quality possessed by something with a great price or value
lavishness, luxury, sumptuosity, sumptuousness
the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive
moderateness, modestness, reasonableness
the property of being moderate in price or expenditures
bargain rate, cheapness, cut price, cut rate
a price below the standard price
Type of:
value
the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

n a monetary reward for helping to catch a criminal

“the cattle thief has a price on his head”
Type of:
reward
the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property

n cost of bribing someone

“they say that every politician has a price
Type of:
cost
the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

v determine the price of

“The grocer priced his wares high”
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mark up
increase the price of
manipulate, rig
manipulate in a fraudulent manner
overprice
price excessively high
underquote
offer for sale at a price lower than the market price
Type of:
determine, set
fix conclusively or authoritatively

v ascertain or learn the price of

“Have you priced personal computers lately?”
Type of:
ascertain
learn or discover with certainty

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