price

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English price (price, prize, value, excellence), from Old French pris, preis, from Latin pretium (worth, price, money spent, wages, reward), prob. akin to Ancient Greek περνάω (pernaō, I sell); compare praise, prize, precious, appraise, apprize, appreciate, depreciate, etc.

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price (plural prices)

  1. The cost required to gain possession of something.
    • Shakespeare
      We can afford no more at such a price.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.
  2. The cost of an action or deed.
    I paid a high price for my folly.
  3. Value; estimation; excellence; worth.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxxi. 10
      Her price is far above rubies.
    • Keble
      new treasures still, of countless price

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Verb[edit]

price (third-person singular simple present prices, present participle pricing, simple past and past participle priced)

  1. To determine the monetary value of (an item), to put a price on.
  2. (obsolete) To pay the price of, to make reparation for.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ix:
      Thou damned wight, / The author of this fact, we here behold, / What iustice can but iudge against thee right, / With thine owne bloud to price his bloud, here shed in sight.
  3. (obsolete) To set a price on; to value; to prize.
  4. (colloquial, dated) To ask the price of.
    to price eggs

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