[ prahys ]
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  1. the sum or amount of money or its equivalent for which anything is bought, sold, or offered for sale.

  2. a sum offered for the capture of a person alive or dead: The authorities put a price on his head.

  1. 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.

  2. that which must be given, done, or undergone in order to obtain a thing: He gained the victory, but at a heavy price.

  3. Archaic. value or worth.

  4. Archaic. great value or worth (usually preceded by of).

verb (used with object),priced, pric·ing.
  1. to fix the price of.

  2. to ask or determine the price of: We spent the day pricing furniture at various stores.

Idioms about price

  1. at any price, at any cost, no matter how great: Their orders were to capture the town at any price.

  2. beyond / without price, of incalculable value; priceless: The crown jewels are beyond price.

Origin of price

First recorded in 1175–1225; (noun) Middle English pris(e), from Old French, Latin pretium “price, value, worth” (cf. precious); (verb) late Middle English prisen, from Middle French prisier, derivative of pris,Old French as above; see prize2, praise

synonym study For price

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.

Other words from price

  • price·a·ble, adjective
  • pre·price, verb (used with object), pre·priced, pre·pric·ing; noun
  • re·price, verb, re·priced, re·pric·ing.
  • well-priced, adjective

Other definitions for Price (2 of 2)

[ prahys ]

  1. Bruce, 1845–1903, U.S. architect.

  2. (Edward) Reynolds, 1933–2011, U.S. novelist.

  1. (Mary) Le·on·tyne [lee-uhn-teen], /ˈli ənˌtin/, born 1927, U.S. soprano.

  2. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use price in a sentence

  • If catalog pricing is any criterion, the unsurcharged issue of the envelope should be perhaps 80,000.

  • It's no good ticketing yourself 'Not for sale,' nor even pricing yourself at a prohibitive figure—no good whatever.

    Love's Usuries | Louis Creswicke
  • He crossed at Nassau street corner and stood before the window of Yeates and Son, pricing the fieldglasses.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • David was mending, sorting, and pricing a number of old books he had bought for nothing at a country sale.

    The History of David Grieve | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The shop windows displayed new wares, and the streets were full of country folk pricing, bargaining, and purchasing.

    The Fortunate Isles | Mary Stuart Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for price


/ (praɪs) /

  1. the sum in money or goods for which anything is or may be bought or sold

  2. the cost at which anything is obtained

  1. the cost of bribing a person

  2. a sum of money offered or given as a reward for a capture or killing

  3. value or worth, esp high worth

  4. gambling another word for odds

  5. at any price whatever the price or cost

  6. at a price at a high price

  7. beyond price or without price invaluable or priceless

  8. the price of someone Irish what someone deserves, esp a fitting punishment: it's just the price of him

  9. what price something? what are the chances of something happening now?

  1. to fix or establish the price of

  2. to ascertain or discover the price of

  1. price out of the market to charge so highly for as to prevent the sale, hire, etc, of

Origin of price

C13 pris, from Old French, from Latin pretium price, value, wage

Derived forms of price

  • pricer, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with price


In addition to the idioms beginning with price

  • price is right, the
  • price on one's head
  • price out of the market

also see:

  • at all costs (at any price)
  • cheap at twice the price
  • every man has his price

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