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1. An agreement between parties fixing obligations that each promises to carry out. See Synonyms at agreement.
a. An agreement establishing the terms of a sale or exchange of goods or services: reached a bargain with the antique dealer over the lamp.
b. Property acquired or services rendered as a result of such an agreement.
3. Something offered or acquired at a price advantageous to the buyer: That silk dress is a bargain at that price.
v. bar·gained, bar·gain·ing, bar·gains
1. To negotiate the terms of an agreement, as to sell or exchange.
2. To engage in collective bargaining.
3. To arrive at an agreement.
To exchange; trade: bargained my watch for a meal.
Phrasal Verb:
bargain for (or on)
To count on; expect: "I never bargained for this tearing feeling inside me" (Anne Tyler).
into/in the bargain
Over and above what is expected; in addition.

[Middle English, from Old French bargaigne, haggling, from bargaignier, to haggle, of Germanic origin; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

bar′gain·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bargainer - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be soldbargainer - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
art dealer - a dealer in works of art requiring esthetic evaluation
barterer - a trader who exchanges goods and not money
bibliopole, bibliopolist - a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)
cheesemonger - someone who sells cheese
barrow-boy, barrow-man, costermonger - a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
cutler - a dealer in cutlery
draper - a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)
fence - a dealer in stolen property
fishmonger, fishwife - someone who sells fish
horse trader - a hard bargainer
hardwareman, ironmonger - someone who sells hardware; "in England they call a hardwareman an ironmonger"
mercer - a dealer in textiles (especially silks)
merchandiser, merchant - a businessperson engaged in retail trade
seedman, seedsman - a dealer in seeds
slopseller, slop-seller - a dealer in cheap ready-made clothing
stamp dealer - a dealer in stamps (whose customers are stamp collectors)
stock trader - someone who buys and sells stock shares
2.bargainer - negotiator of the terms of a transactionbargainer - negotiator of the terms of a transaction; "he is a hard bargainer"
haggler - an intense bargainer
negotiant, negotiator, treater - someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)


[ˈbɑːrgɪnər] n (= negotiator) → négociateur/trice m/f
to be a hard bargainer → être un redoutable négociateurbargain hunter bargain-hunter npersonne f à l'affût des bonnes occasions


n to be a good/bad bargainerhandeln/nicht handeln können; (in negotiations) → gut/nicht gut verhandeln können; to be a hard bargainerhart handeln or (in negotiations) → verhandeln
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The illustrious Tamaahmaah, as we have shown on a former occasion, was a shrewd bargainer, and in the present instance proved himself an experienced wrecker.
And now there is no need for you, bargainer though you are, to be furiously angry.
Rebecca was entirely surprised at the sight of the comfortable old house where she had met with no small kindness, ransacked by brokers and bargainers, and its quiet family treasures given up to public desecration and plunder.
Only in hindsight did he and his advisers appreciate the political savvy of ANC leaders like Cyril Ramaphosa, a dynamic former trade union leader who was lead bargainer for the ANC.
Several studies have shown that the extent of problem solving observed among negotiators is influenced by two sets of variables: individual or bargainer characteristics (cf.
The employer can take one of two positions: the "positional bargainer" or the "interest bargainer.
His selections show how the ecologically benign cosmology of Native Americans gave way to the environmentally destructive myth of abundance, and how New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley came to see the desert for the hard bargainer it is while his bizarrely wishful contemporary William Gilpin insisted that a new, irrigated Eden would spring from dust and brush.
That's a piece that, in my experience, has come in this time of year in May," said Kassy Fisher, university bargainer and assistant dean at the graduate school.
Chor Bazr has emerged from an original Thieves' Market to a place where a good bargainer can buy anything under the sun for a song.
In one indication of the 11thhour activity, aides said the president, Mr Biden and top administration bargainer Rob Nabors were all working late at the White House, and Mr McConnell was making late-night phone calls as well.
But a net bargainer took half an hour to get me the shoes for 100 yuan," Huan stated.
And motor-mouthed dealer Clive Attrell gave hard bargainer Sue Adams, of Taunton, pounds 790 for her Galle vase.