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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.
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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)
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[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
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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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
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.
There were some things Matthew could buy and prove himself no mean bargainer; but he knew he would be at the mercy of shopkeepers when it came to buying a girl's dress.
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.
(7.) Miller's free agent model showed each bargainer attempting to maximize its gains from bargaining based on the notion that each side could bargain with another team/player.
HARD BARGAINER: Sky Andrew represents Sol Campbell and Chris Bart-Williams as well as Gary Breen
SAG chief negotiator John McGuire and AFTRA's top bargainer Mathis Dunn, in their review of the two weeks of September bargaining, admitted it was too early to begin setting rates, but asserted that jurisdiction was too crucial to ignore.
A gruff but honorable bargainer, Helmsley nevertheless startled young Lerner when it came time to paying his first commission, which was for a New York magazine deal.
But this reasoning applies to either bargainer. Suppose, then, both demand 90% of the money.
That point "is not to be ignored," said Kassy Fisher, university bargainer and assistant dean at the graduate school.
Known as a tough bargainer who would brook no nonsense as she travelled the world, Madeleine faced down despots like Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-il.
Following the logic of Diamond, a strong bargainer will threaten to leave if his offer of p [less than] [p.sup.*] is not accepted.