I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from bargaigner Date: 14th century 1. an agreement between parties settling what each gives or receives in a transaction between them or what course of action or policy each pursues in respect to the other 2. something acquired by or as if by bargaining; especially an advantageous purchase <
at that price the car is a bargain
3. a transaction, situation, or event regarded in the light of its results <
a bad bargain
II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French bargaigner, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English borgian to borrow — more at bury Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to negotiate over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract ; haggle 2. to come to terms ; agree transitive verb 1. to bring to a desired level by bargaining <
bargain a price down
2. to sell or dispose of by bargaining • bargainer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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