Definition of bargain noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɑːɡən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrɡən//
    Shopping in stores
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  1. 1  a thing bought for less than the usual price I picked up a few good bargains in the sale. The car was a bargain at that price. bargain prices CollocationsShoppingShopping go/​go out/​be out shopping go to (especially British English) the shops/(especially North American English) a store/(especially North American English) the mall do (British English) the shopping/(especially North American English) the grocery shopping/​a bit of window-shopping (North American English, informal) hit/​hang out at the mall try on clothes/​shoes indulge in some retail therapy go on a spending spree cut/​cut back on/​reduce your spending be/​get caught shoplifting donate something to/​take something to/​find something in (British English) a charity shop/(North American English) a thrift store buy/​sell/​find something at (British English) a car boot sale/(British English) a jumble sale/​a garage sale/(North American English) a yard sale find/​get/​pick up a bargainAt the shop/​store load/​push/​wheel (British English) a trolley/(North American English) a cart stand in/​wait in (British English) the checkout queue/(North American English) the checkout line (North American English) stand in line/ (British English) queue at the checkout bag (especially North American English) (your) groceries pack (away) (especially British English) your shopping stack/​stock/​restock the shelves at a store (with something) be (found) on/​appear on supermarket/​shop/​store shelves be in/​have in/​be out of/​run out of stock deal with/​help/​serve customers run a special promotion be on special offerBuying goods make/​complete a purchase buy/​purchase something online/​by mail order make/​place/​take an order for something buy/​order something in bulk/​in advance accept/​take credit cards pay (in) cash/​by (credit/​debit) card/(British English) with a gift voucher/(North American English) with a gift certificate enter your PIN number ask for/​get/​obtain a receipt return/​exchange an item/​a product be entitled to/​ask for/​demand a refund compare prices offer (somebody)/give (somebody)/get/​receive a 30% discount See related entries: Shopping in stores
  2. 2bargain (with somebody) an agreement between two or more people or groups, to do something for each other He and his partner had made a bargain to tell each other everything. I've done what I promised and I expect you to keep your side of the bargain (= do what you agreed in return). Finally the two sides struck a bargain (= reached an agreement).
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French bargaine (noun), bargaignier (verb); probably of Germanic origin and related to German borgen ‘borrow’.Extra examples He’s very strong and completely fearless into the bargain. Her part of the bargain was to look after the car. I picked up a really good bargain in the market. I’ll make a bargain with you. The shop sells books at bargain-basement prices. You haven’t kept your side of the bargain. Finally the two sides struck a bargain. I’ve done what I promised and I expect you to keep your side of the bargain.Idioms
    drive/strike a hard bargain
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    to argue in an aggressive way and force somebody to agree on the best possible price or arrangement
    into the bargain (British English) (North American English in the bargain)
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    (used to emphasize an extra piece of information) also; as well Volunteers learn a lot and enjoy themselves into the bargain.
    to make an agreement with somebody in which both sides have an advantage
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bargain