Definition of price in English:


Line breaks: price
Pronunciation: /prʌɪs


1The amount of money expected, required, or given in payment for something: land could be sold for a high price house prices have fallen [mass noun]: large cars are dropping in price
More example sentences
  • 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.
cost, asking price, selling price, charge, fee, terms, payment, rate, fare, levy, toll, amount, sum, total, figure;
outlay, expense, expenses, expenditure, bill;
valuation, quotation, estimate
informal damage
1.1The odds in betting.
More example sentences
  • 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 [mass noun] archaic Value; worth: the parable of the pearl of great price
More example sentences
  • 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 or action undergone or done as a condition of achieving an objective: the price of their success was an entire day spent in discussion
More example sentences
  • 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!
consequence, result, cost, toll, penalty, sacrifice, forfeit, forfeiture;
downside, snag, drawback, disadvantage, minus;
trial, torment, bane, tribulation, affliction, suffering, burden, trouble, worry, deprivation, undesirable consequence


[with object] Back to top  
1Decide the amount required as payment for (something offered for sale): the watches are priced at £55
More example sentences
  • 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.
fix/set the price of, put a price on, cost, value, rate, evaluate, assess, estimate, appraise, assay
1.1Attach price labels or tickets to (an item for sale).
More example sentences
  • The items were priced up with identical labels and packed in identical carrier bags.
  • If using labels to price items, write the price clearly and make them easy to find.
2Discover or establish the price of (something for sale).
More example sentences
  • She believed it to be a modest hovel, although many of the items she had acquired over the years were priced at a point many would gasp at.
  • Consider this an asset sale, priced at the cost of the estimated market value of the land.
  • Nancy Moore checks out a Church of the Cross ornament Thursday while pricing items for the bazaar.


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.


at any price

No matter what expense or difficulty is involved: they wanted peace at any price
More example sentences
  • 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.
whatever the price, whatever the cost, at whatever cost, no matter (what) the cost, cost what it may, regardless

at a price

Requiring great expense or involving unwelcome consequences: his generosity comes at a price
More example sentences
  • 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.
at a high price/cost, at considerable cost, for a great deal of money

beyond (or without) price

So valuable that no price can be stated: the memories they shared were beyond price
More example sentences
  • ‘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.
of incalculable value/worth, of inestimable value/worth, of immeasurable value/worth, invaluable, priceless, without price, worth its weight in gold, worth a king's ransom;
irreplaceable, incomparable, unparalleled, expensive, costly, high-priced, at a premium, rich, dear, rare, choice, fine, exquisite, precious, treasured, prized, cherished

a price on someone's head

A reward offered for someone’s capture or death: he had to flee with a price on his head
More example sentences
  • 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.
reward, bounty, premium;
recompense, compensation

price oneself out of the market

Become unable to compete commercially: as supermodels price themselves out of the market, actresses are ready to negotiate terms
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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 ——?

1Used 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?
More example sentences
  • 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?
2Used to state that something seems unlikely: what price cricket at the Olympics?
More example sentences
  • And what price the chancellor actually assisting in the purchase of all these crofts by giving top-rate taxpayers cash incentives to buy up the properties?
  • And if our political leaders fail to set a firm example, what price the fashion industry itself?
  • If even animals can't feel welcome and at home in Caledonia stern and wild, what price people?



More example sentences
  • For the moment, the prices are recorded on paper and keypunched into computers, although pricers will get touch-screen laptops later this year.
  • Furthermore, nothing has changed about the fact that price must cover costs and earn the pricer's organization a profit.

Definition of price in: