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[prahys] /praɪs/
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).
verb (used with object), priced, pricing.
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
late Middle English
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English pris(e) < Old French < Latin pretium price, value, worth (cf. precious); (v.) late Middle English prisen < Middle French prisier, derivative of pris, Old French as above; see prize2, praise
Related forms
priceable, adjective
preprice, verb (used with object), prepriced, prepricing; noun
reprice, verb, repriced, repricing.
well-priced, adjective
1, 4. Price, charge, cost, expense refer to outlay or expenditure required in buying or maintaining something. Price is used mainly of single, concrete objects offered for sale; charge, of services: What is the price of that coat? There is a small charge for mailing packages. Cost is mainly a purely objective term, often used in financial calculations: The cost of building a new annex was estimated at $10,000. Expense suggests cost plus incidental expenditure: The expense of the journey was more than the contemplated cost. Only charge is not used figuratively. Price, cost, and sometimes expense may be used to refer to the expenditure of mental energy, what one “pays” in anxiety, suffering, etc. Unabridged
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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, without price, invaluable or priceless
(Irish) the price of someone, what someone deserves, esp a fitting punishment: it's just the price of him
what price something?, what are the chances of something happening now?
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
pricer, noun
Word Origin
C13 pris, from Old French, from Latin pretium price, value, wage
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Word Origin and History for well-priced



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.

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