Pronunciation: (bär'gun),[key] —n. 1. an advantageous purchase, esp. one acquired at less than the usual cost: The sale offered bargains galore. 2. an agreement between parties settling what each shall give and take or perform and receive in a transaction.
3. such an agreement as affecting one of the parties: a losing bargain. 4. something acquired by bargaining.
5. Informal.an agreeable person, esp. one who causes no trouble or difficulty (usually used in negative constructions): His boss is no bargain. 6. in or into the bargain, over and above what has been stipulated; moreover; besides: The new housekeeper proved to be a fine cook in the bargain. 7. strike a bargain, to make a bargain; agree to terms: They were unable to strike a bargain because the owner's asking price was more than the prospective buyer could afford.
—v.i. 1. to discuss the terms of a bargain; haggle; negotiate.
2. to come to an agreement; make a bargain: We bargained on a three-year term.
—v.t. 1. to arrange by bargain; negotiate: to bargain a new wage increase. 2. to anticipate as likely to occur; expect (usually fol. by a clause): I'll bargain that he's going to give those company directors plenty of trouble. 3. bargain for, to anticipate or take into account: The job turned out to be more than he had bargained for. 4. bargain on, to expect or anticipate; count or rely on: You can't bargain on what she'll do in this situation.