Middle English bargaynen (“to bargain, make a pledge for sale”), from Anglo-Norman bargai(g)ner (“to bargain”), from Old French bargai(g)ner (“to bargain, haggle”), from Frankish *borganjan (“to borrow, lend”), from Proto-Germanic *burganan (“to borrow, lend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh- (“to protect, secure”). Akin to Old High German bor(a)gēn (“to look after, care for”) (German borgen), Old English borgian (“to borrow, lend, pledge”). More at borrow.
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- enPR: bä(r)gən, IPA: /ˈbɑː(ɹ)ɡən/, /ˈbɑː(ɹ).ɡɪn/, X-SAMPA: /"bA:(r\)g@n/, /"bA:(r\).gIn/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)ɡən, -ɑː(ɹ)ɡɪn
bargain (plural bargains)
- 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's Law Lexicon
- An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge.
- And whon your honors mean to solemnize The bargain of your faith. --Shakespeare.
- A purchase; also (when not qualified), a gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase; as, to buy a thing at a bargain.
- The thing stipulated or purchased; also, anything bought cheap.
- She was too fond of her most filthy bargain. --Shakespeare.
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- (intransitive) To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; to negotiate; -- followed by with and for; as, to bargain with a farmer for a cow.
- So worthless peasants bargain for their wives. -- Shakespeare.
- united we bargain, divided we beg
- (transitive) To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another.
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Scottish Gaelic