price

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See also: Price, PRICE, priče, and příce

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • prize (obsolete) [16th–19th c.]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English price (price, prize, value, excellence), borrowed from Old French pris, preis, from Latin pretium (worth, price, money spent, wages, reward); compare praise, precious, appraise, appreciate, depreciate, etc.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -aɪs
  • (UK, US): enPR: prīs, IPA(key): /pɹaɪs/
  • (Canadian raising): IPA(key): /pɹʌɪs/
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Noun[edit]

price (plural prices)

  1. The cost required to gain possession of something.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
      We can afford no more at such a price.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, in 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.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1941, George Orwell, "The Lion and the Unicorn"[1]:
    It is difficult otherwise to explain the contradictions of [Chamberlain’s] policy, his failure to grasp any of the courses that were open to him. Like the mass of the people, he did not want to pay the price either of peace or of war.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Irish: praghas

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To determine the monetary value of (an item); to put a price on.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To pay the price of; to make reparation for.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To set a price on; to value; to prize.
  4. (transitive, colloquial, dated) To ask the price of.
    to price eggs

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Church Slavonic притъча (pritŭča).

Noun[edit]

price f (plural prici)

  1. (dated) disagreement, argument

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