- the sum or amount of money or its equivalent for which anything is bought, sold, or offered for sale.
- a sum offered for the capture of a person alive or dead: The authorities put a price on his head.
- the sum of money, or other consideration, for which a person's support, consent, etc., may be obtained, especially in cases involving sacrifice of integrity: They claimed that every politician has a price.
- that which must be given, done, or undergone in order to obtain a thing: He gained the victory, but at a heavy price.
- odds(def 2).
- Archaic. value or worth.
- Archaic. great value or worth (usually preceded by of).
- to fix the price of.
- to ask or determine the price of: We spent the day pricing furniture at various stores.
- at any price, at any cost, no matter how great: Their orders were to capture the town at any price.
- beyond/without price, of incalculable value; priceless: The crown jewels are beyond price.
Origin of price
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- Bruce,1845–1903, U.S. architect.
- (Edward) Reynolds,1933–2011, U.S. novelist.
- (Mary) Le·on·tyne [lee-uh n-teen] /ˈli ənˌtin/, born 1927, U.S. soprano.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for price
“Price for adults to $4250; From 10 years to 14 years to $2125; Under 10 years free,” the listing says.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
But in more middle-class and working-class neighborhoods, sessions are typically a fourth of that price.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
Industry experts claim an increase in awareness amongst men when it comes to styles, design, and price regarding their underwear.Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge? Men’s Undies Get Expensive
December 23, 2014
The price reflects its rarity as well, but also the finicky, difficult, and nuanced process of making Champagne.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
But Uber's surges are not price gouging, as some have erroneously claimed.In Defense of Uber’s Awful Sydney Surge Pricing
December 16, 2014
I claim it as the price of coming, you know, when I was only an afterthought.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He found the restaurants moderate in price, and within his means.Brave and Bold
They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.
Whatever you wish you shall have at the price of five years of your life.
No price were too great to pay for a wrong such as that which he had put upon her.Within the Law
- the sum in money or goods for which anything is or may be bought or sold
- the cost at which anything is obtained
- the cost of bribing a person
- a sum of money offered or given as a reward for a capture or killing
- value or worth, esp high worth
- gambling another word for odds
- at any price whatever the price or cost
- at a price at a high price
- beyond price or without price invaluable or priceless
- the price of someone Irish what someone deserves, esp a fitting punishmentit's just the price of him
- what price something? what are the chances of something happening now?
- to fix or establish the price of
- to ascertain or discover the price of
- price out of the market to charge so highly for as to prevent the sale, hire, etc, of
Word Origin and History for price
c.1200, pris "value, worth; praise," later "cost, recompense, prize" (mid-13c.), from Old French pris "price, value, wages, reward," also "honor, fame, praise, prize" (Modern French prix), from Late Latin precium, from Latin pretium "reward, prize, value, worth," from PIE *pret-yo-, from root *per- (5) "to traffic in, to sell" (cf. Sanskrit aprata "without recompense, gratuitously;" Greek porne "prostitute," originally "bought, purchased," pernanai "to sell;" Lithuanian perku "I buy").
Praise, price, and prize began to diverge in Old French, with praise emerging in Middle English by early 14c. and prize being evident by late 1500s with the rise of the -z- spelling. Having shed the extra Old French and Middle English senses, the word now again has the base sense of the Latin original. To set (or put) a price on someone, "offer a reward for capture" is from 1766.
"to set the price of," late 14c., from price (n.) or from Old French prisier, variant of preisier "to value, estimate; to praise." Related: Priced; pricing.