Hypertext Webster Gateway: "bargain"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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

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;

{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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bargain \Bar"gain\, v. i. [OE. barganien, OF. bargaigner, F.
barguigner, to hesitate, fr. LL. barcaniare. See {Bargain},
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : offering goods or services at less than standard price or
rate; "a bargain outlet"; "cut-rate store" [syn: {cut-rate(a)},
n 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: {deal}]
2: an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the
auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price" [syn: {buy},
v 1: negotiate the terms of an exchange; "We bargained for a
beautiful rug in the bazaar" [syn: {dicker}]
2: come to terms; arrive at an agreement

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