• WordNet 3.6
    • v bargain come to terms; arrive at an agreement
    • v bargain negotiate the terms of an exchange "We bargained for a beautiful rug in the bazaar"
    • n bargain 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"
    • n bargain an advantageous purchase "she got a bargain at the auction","the stock was a real buy at that price"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bargain A purchase; also ( when not qualified), a gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase; as, to buy a thing at a bargain .
    • Bargain 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."
    • Bargain An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge. "And whon your honors mean to solemnize
      The bargain of your faith."
    • Bargain The thing stipulated or purchased; also, anything bought cheap. "She was too fond of her most filthy bargain ."
    • v. i 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."
    • v. t Bargain To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bargain The act of discussing the terms of a proposed agreement; bargaining.
    • n bargain A contention or contest for the mastery or upper hand; a struggle.
    • n bargain A contract or an agreement between two or more parties; a compact settling that something shall be done; specifically, 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.
    • n bargain The outcome of an agreement as regards one of the parties; that which is acquired by bargaining; the thing purchased or stipulated for: as, look at my bargain; a bad bargain; “a losing bargain,”
    • n bargain Something bought or sold at a low price; an advantageous purchase.
    • bargain To treat about a transaction; make terms.
    • bargain To come to or make an agreement; stipulate; make or strike a bargain: with a person, for an object: as, he bargained with the producers, for a daily supply.
    • bargain To arrange beforehand by negotiation and agreement.
    • bargain To agree to buy or sell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bargain bär′gin a contract or agreement: a favourable transaction: an advantageous purchase:
    • v.i Bargain to make a contract or agreement: to chaffer: to count on, take into consideration (with for): to lose by bad bargaining (with away)
    • n Bargain bär′gin (Shak.) chaffering
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  • Charles Dickens
    “Here's the rule for bargains: Do other men, for they would do you. That's the true business precept.”
  • Anatole France
    “There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Bargain... anything a customer thinks a store is losing money on.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Forever is a long bargain.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Necessity never made a good bargain.”
  • Francois FeNelon
    “Most people I ask little from. I try to give them much, and expect nothing in return and I do very well in the bargain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bargaigner—Low L. barcaniare; acc. to Diez from barca, a boat.


In literature:

That's what you call a good bargain!
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
That is the price of the bargain.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
You have enough strain on you without turning nursemaid into the bargain.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
You shall have the money; but, Jack, I must bargain for the things.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
She nodded twice and smiled through her tears, and the bargain was made.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Nobody bargains; nobody sees the proprietor; you find your way to the streets alone.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
He made the issue a matter of close bargaining.
"Bulgaria" by Frank Fox
They had not bargained on a rifle that could shoot so far.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
The treaty seemed to him a bad bargain.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
Charming georgette blouses for a mere song and shoes at a great bargain if one wears a narrow last.
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson

In poetry:

This clenches the bargain,
Sails out of the bay,
Gets the vote in the Senate,
Spite of Webster and Clay;
"Tact" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
And bidding tanners up and down,
Bargaining for a deal,
Naked skin for empty skin,
Clothes against a meal.
"A Dressed Man" by George Orwell
Peter of the brothers three
Loved a life of poesy;
While they stolid bargains drove
He saw movies in the stove.
"Peter" by Laura Benet
Ah! bring me not the love
That bargains, bids and buys:
For so much loving I will give
So much in lips and eyes;
"Morality" by Richard Le Gallienne
Lord, yet thou hast my heart,
This bargain black I hate;
I dare not, cannot, will not part
With thee at such a rate.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
And I who hear that hedge-song
Will fare with all the rest,
With thoughts of lust and labour,
And bargain in my breast.
"Before The Fair" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Few of us would consider dickering about the price of goods in retail establishments, and bargaining is certainly out of the question at chain stores.
When the pop charts are largely dominated by plasticine constructs like Katy Perry and bargain "street divas" like Pink, Ellie Goulding is a true bright spot.
Local Thanksgiving shoppers settle for bargains instead of turkey.
The NHL and the players' association returned to the bargaining table Thursday, the third straight day the sides have met in an effort to end the lockout.
CHICAGO (AP) – NHL players are getting a better grasp on the issues at hand as the union braces for negotiations with owners on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Hanoi is for bargain travelers.
Bargain Bin or Trash Bin.
It's now surely the best hot- hatch on the market and at $52,490, a relative bargain.
We have been the bargain-bounty backwater of Texas.
Yet even bargain-bin accreditation takes several years.
The Knicks are among 11 National Basketball Association teams who may have to swallow the "poison pill" provision of the salary cap under the collective bargaining agreement.
Maplesville held up its end of the bargain to set up a showdown with region foe Keith next week.
Deb Thompson got much more than she bargained after discovering a pricey diamond ring in the pocket of thrift store jeans on Monday.
Amid high-profile races, police bargaining a hot issue in Montgomery.
Scott Walker has prevailed so far in his effort to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights.

In science:

We define the classical weak bargaining set of a CCP G = , to be the set WB*(G) = {(f,v)/ (f,v) is Pareto Optimal, and such that no strong objection against (f,v) is classically justified}.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
Maschler (1964): "The Bargaining Set for Cooperative Games", in M.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
Masso (undated): "Weak Stability and a Bargaining Set for the Marriage Model", (mimeo). 12.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
This class includes quantum bargaining (q-bargaining) and quantum auctions (q-auction).
Quantum Game Theory in Finance
The participants of a q-bargaining game will be called Alice (A) and Bob (B ).
Quantum Game Theory in Finance