A bargain is something that doesn’t cost very much money to buy. This is different from the word "cheap. "If something is a bargain, the quality of the thing purchased must be good. It’s not a bargain to buy something that breaks or is unusable.
You can also use the word "bargain" as an adjective:
When "bargain" is used as a verb, it means to negotiate.
They’re bargaining over the price.
Note: Bargaining on price is very common in many countries around the world. In the United States, it isn’t; however, you can bargain on things that are very expensive, such as a house or a car, or on things that are sold used by a private party.
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This page was first published on November 24, 2012. It was updated on June 3, 2014.