- bar|gain1 [ˈba:gın US ˈba:r-] n1.) something you buy cheaply or for less than its usual price▪ There are no bargains in the clothes shops at the moment.▪ It's an attractive little home, and I think it's a bargain .▪ That second-hand table was a real bargain .▪ Good knives don't come at bargain prices .▪ Thousands of bargain hunters (=people looking for things to buy at low prices) queued up for hours.2.) an agreement, made between two people or groups to do something in return for something elsemake/strike a bargain▪ Management and unions have struck a bargain over wage increases.▪ I've kept my side of the bargain and I expect you to keep yours.→drive a hard bargain at ↑hard1 (18)3.) into the bargain also in the bargain AmEin addition to everything else▪ I am now tired, cold, and hungry, with a headache into the bargain.bargain 2bargain2 v[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: bargaignier]to discuss the conditions of a sale, agreement etc, for example to try and get a lower pricebargain for▪ workers bargaining for better paybargain over▪ They bargained over the level of wages.bargain with▪ women bargaining with traders>bargainer[i] n▪ He's the hardest bargainer in the business.bargain for [bargain for sth] phr v[usually in negatives]to expect that something will happen and make it part of your plans▪ They hadn't bargained for such a dramatic change in the weather.bargain on doing sth▪ I hadn't bargained on being stuck in traffic on the way home.▪ The thief got more than he bargained for , as Mr Cox tripped him up with his walking stick.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.