Definition of price in English:

price

Syllabification: price
Pronunciation: /prīs
 
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noun

1The amount of money expected, required, or given in payment for something: land could be sold for a high price a wide selection of tools varying in price
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  • Mr Ellis said that with little prospect of a substantial rise in interest rates, house prices were expected to continue increasing.
  • The bank's share price also went up by 3.6 per cent to 1223 pence.
  • He said there is a definite price drop in the price of three-bedroom semi-detached houses.
Synonyms
cost, charge, fee, fare, levy, amount, sum; outlay, expense, expenditure; valuation, quotation, estimate, asking price
informal, humorous damage
1.1The odds in betting.
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  • Generally speaking, the online bookmakers give the best betting prices to the public.
  • Yet it was clear that Wintle had not cheated - the horse had run on its dubious merits each time, as its price in the betting market showed.
  • So if you can't find a runner at a square price to bet against these horses, simply pass on the race entirely.
1.2 archaic Value; worth: a pearl of great price
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  • The King, after a great many signs and tokens of grace and favour, took from his own neck a jewel of great price, with the picture of Philip, his father, on the one side, and his own on the other.
  • Next was led the King's horse for that day, together with his son's; the King's saddle and furniture most richly beset with stones of great price and beauty.
2An unwelcome experience, event, or action involved as a condition of achieving a desired end: the price of their success was an entire day spent in discussion
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  • Curtailing innocent kids' rights to go where they've no business and are universally unwelcome is a small price to pay for some peace.
  • France desperately needed to reduce the scale of her military commitments, and the crown was prepared to pay a heavy price to achieve this.
  • And it will clarify how you'd even be willing to pay the price of pain to achieve it!
Synonyms
consequence, result, cost, penalty, sacrifice; downside, snag, drawback, disadvantage, minus

verb

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Decide the amount required as payment for (something offered for sale): the watches in this range are priced at $14.50
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  • One barrier had been that most customers were paying for time spent online, whereas broadband is priced at a flat rate on a monthly basis.
  • One of the houses is the show unit and is priced at €197,500 including all furniture and fittings.
  • Ashmore said houses sold as long as they were priced at sensible levels.
Synonyms
fix/set the price of, value, rate, cost; estimate

Origin

Middle English: the noun from Old French pris, from Latin pretium 'value, reward'; the verb, a variant (by assimilation to the noun) of earlier prise 'estimate the value of' (see prize1). Compare with praise.

Phrases

at any price

No matter what expense, sacrifice, or difficulty is involved: they wanted peace at any price
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  • The statesman's maxim shall be peace, and peace at any price.
  • History is littered with examples of ill-conceived attempts to keep the peace at any price.
  • The airport is crowded with people clamoring for a seat at any price.

at a price

Requiring great expense or involving unwelcome consequences: his generosity comes at a price
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  • Peace comes at a price and is not the natural order of things.
  • Trouble is, the freedom to publish, it appears, now comes at a price - that which I cannot afford to pay.
  • It was, he admits, a dream performance for him, but it was achieved at a price.

beyond (or without) price

So valuable that no price can be stated.
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  • ‘You are,’ my mother would say, ‘the queen of the world, the jewel of the lotus, the pearl without price, my secret treasure.’
  • We've also learned people are more important than things; good neighbours, friends and relatives are without price; and memories are more important than possessions.
  • After all, the integrity of the nation's economic statistics gathering institutions is beyond price: Many thousands of businesspeople use those statistics as a resource every day.

a price on someone's head

A reward offered for someone’s capture or death.
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  • Speaking from an undisclosed location, the rebel leader, who carries a price on his head, said the King had closed all doors for negotiations with his action.
  • But though there was a price on Angus Dubh 's head - enough to keep a tell-tale in luxury for the rest of his wretched life - none had broken silence.
  • Furthermore, there is a price on his head, dead or alive.
Synonyms
reward, bounty, premium

price oneself out of the market

Become unable to compete commercially.
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  • Property has practically priced itself out of the market at this stage, with the spectre of oversupply looming in many towns around the country and prices still surging forward.
  • When it comes to food and beverages we are pricing ourselves out of the market when we must be competitive.
  • People should also remember that even though the general public are willing to pay for peace of mind, a time will come when any organisation can price itself out of the market, no matter what service it is offering.

put a price on

Determine the value of: you can’t put a price on what she has to offer
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  • We provide children in the area with a social life and you cannot put a price on that, but we are so short of cash.
  • Together with wife Kathryn he has just moved from a modern penthouse flat to a more private detached split-level house, with a neatly tended garden and a panoramic view of the sea you couldn't put a price on.
  • Yes, money is tight, but you can't put a price on all the joy she gives me.

what price ——?

Used to ask what has become of something or to suggest that something has or would become worthless: what price justice if he were allowed to go free?
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  • I also addressed the Post Workers' Union meeting at St George's Hall in the company of Coun Margaret Eaton and Marsha Singh MP - what price that effort.
  • With the countryside slathered in chemicals and the parks sanitised in the name of ‘safety’, what price our ‘heritage’?
  • But what price his reputation if it had to rest alone on the output of that wilderness period?

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