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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

B'ARGAIN, n. An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract by which one party binds himself to transfer the right to some property, for a consideration, and the other party binds himself to receive the property and pay the consideration.
2. Stipulation: interested dealing.
3. Purchase or the thing purchased.
4. In popular language, final event; upshot.
We must make the best of a bad bargain.
To sell bargains, is a vulgar phrase.
To strike a bargain, is to ratify an agreement, originally by striking, or shaking hands. The Latin ferire foedus, may represent a like ceremony,unless it refers to the practice of killing a victim, at the solemn ratification of oaths.
Bargain and sale, in law, a species of conveyance, by which the bargainer contracts to convey the lands to the bargainee, and becomes by such contract a trustee for and seised to the use of the bargainee. The statute then completes the purchase; that is, the
bargain vests the use, and the statute vests the possession.
B'ARGAIN, v.i. To make a contract or conclusive agreement, for the transfer of property; often with for before the thing purchased; as, to bargain for a house. A bargained with B for his farm.
B'ARGAIN, v.t. To sell; to transfer for a consideration; as, A bargained away his farm; a popular use of the word.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each; "he made a bargain with the devil"; "he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals" [syn: bargain, deal]
2: an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price" [syn: bargain, buy, steal] v
1: negotiate the terms of an exchange; "We bargained for a beautiful rug in the bazaar" [syn: dicker, bargain]
2: come to terms; arrive at an agreement

Merriam Webster's

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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a an agreement on the terms of a transaction or sale. b this seen from the buyer's viewpoint (a bad bargain). 2 something acquired or offered cheaply. --v.intr. (often foll. by with, for) discuss the terms of a transaction (expected him to bargain, but he paid up; bargained with her; bargained for the table). Phrases and idioms: bargain away part with for something worthless (had bargained away the estate). bargain basement the basement of a shop where bargains are displayed. bargain for (or colloq. on) (usu. with neg. actual or implied) be prepared for; expect (didn't bargain for bad weather; more than I bargained for). bargain on rely on. drive a hard bargain pursue one's own profit in a transaction keenly. into (US in) the bargain moreover; in addition to what was expected. make (or strike) a bargain agree a transaction. Derivatives: bargainer n. Etymology: ME f. OF bargaine, bargaignier, prob. f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bargain Bar"gain, n. [OE. bargayn, bargany, OF. bargaigne, bargagne, prob. from a supposed LL. barcaneum, fr. barca a boat which carries merchandise to the shore; hence, to traffic to and fro, to carry on commerce in general. See Bark a vessel. ] 1. An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract by which one party binds himself to transfer the right to some property for a consideration, and the other party binds himself to receive the property and pay the consideration. A contract is a bargain that is legally binding. --Wharton. 2. An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge. And whon your honors mean to solemnize The bargain of your faith. --Shak. 3. A purchase; also ( when not qualified), a gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase; as, to buy a thing at a bargain. 4. The thing stipulated or purchased; also, anything bought cheap. She was too fond of her most filthy bargain. --Shak. Bargain and sale (Law), a species of conveyance, by which the bargainor contracts to convey the lands to the bargainee, and becomes by such contract a trustee for and seized to the use of the bargainee. The statute then completes the purchase; i. e., the bargain vests the use, and the statute vests the possession. --Blackstone. Into the bargain, over and above what is stipulated; besides. To sell bargains, to make saucy (usually indelicate) repartees. [Obs.] --Swift. To strike a bargain, to reach or ratify an agreement. ``A bargain was struck.'' --Macaulay. Syn: Contract; stipulation; purchase; engagement.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bargain Bar"gain, v. i. [OE. barganien, OF. bargaigner, F. barguigner, to hesitate, fr. LL. barcaniare. See Bargain, n.] To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; -- followed by with and for; as, to bargain with a farmer for a cow. So worthless peasants bargain for their wives. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bargain Bar"gain, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bargained (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Bargaining.] To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another. To bargain away, to dispose of in a bargain; -- usually with a sense of loss or disadvantage; as, to bargain away one's birthright. ``The heir . . . had somehow bargained away the estate.'' --G. Eliot.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bargains, bargaining, bargained) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Something that is a bargain is good value for money, usually because it has been sold at a lower price than normal. At this price the wine is a bargain... N-COUNT 2. A bargain is an agreement, especially a formal business agreement, in which two people or groups agree what each of them will do, pay, or receive. I'll make a bargain with you. I'll play hostess if you'll include Matthew in your guest-list... The treaty was based on a bargain between the French and German governments. = deal N-COUNT 3. When people bargain with each other, they discuss what each of them will do, pay, or receive. They prefer to bargain with individual clients, for cash... Shop in small local markets and don't be afraid to bargain. = negotiate VERB: V with n, V bargainer (bargainers) A union bargainer said that those jobs have been saved. N-COUNT bargaining The government has called for sensible pay bargaining. N-UNCOUNT: oft supp N 4. If people drive a hard bargain, they argue with determination in order to achieve a deal which is favourable to themselves. ...a law firm with a reputation for driving a hard bargain. PHRASE: V, ADJ, and N inflect 5. You use into the bargain when mentioning an additional quantity, feature, fact, or action, to emphasize the fact that it is also involved. You can also say in the bargain in American English. This machine is designed to save you effort, and keep your work surfaces tidy into the bargain... She is rich. Now you say she is a beauty into the bargain. PHRASE: cl PHR [emphasis] 6. If you keep your side of the bargain, you do what you have promised or arranged to do. Dealing with this dictator wasn't an option. He wouldn't have kept his side of the bargain. PHRASE: V inflects

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Compact, agreement, stipulation, covenant, contract, convention, concordat, treaty, indenture, transaction. 2. Purchase, getting, proceeds, result. 3. Cheap purchase, purchase on favorable terms, good bargain. II. v. n. Contract, agree, stipulate, covenant, make a bargain. III. v. a. Sell, transfer, convey. [With away.]

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To sell a bargain; a species of wit, much in vogue about the latter end of the reign of Queen Anne, and frequently alluded to by Dean Swift, who says the maids of honour often amused themselves with it. It consisted in the seller naming his or her hinder parts, in answer to the question, What? which the buyer was artfully led to ask. As a specimen, take the following instance: A lady would come into a room full of company, apparently in a fright, crying out, It is white, and follows me! On any of the company asking, What? she sold him the bargain, by saying, Mine a-e.

Foolish Dictionary

A disease common to women, caught in the Sunday papers and developed in department Stores on Mondays. Symptoms, loud talk, pushing and shoving, a combination prize-fight and football scrimmage. (Old spelling 'Bark-gain).

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