Definition of price in English:

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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
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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.
cost, asking price, selling price, charge, fee, terms, payment, rate, fare, levy, toll, amount, sum, total, figure;
worth, (monetary) value;
outlay, expense, expenses, expenditure, bill;
valuation, quotation, estimate
informal 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 [mass noun] archaic Value; worth: the parable of the 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 or action undergone or done as a condition of achieving an objective: 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!
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;
British  disbenefit


[with object]
1Decide the amount required as payment for (something offered for sale): the watches are priced at £55
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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.
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).
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  • 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).
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  • 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.



at any price

No matter what expense 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.
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
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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.
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
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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.
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
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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.
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
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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 ——?

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?
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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?
2Used to state that something seems unlikely: what price cricket at the Olympics?
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  • 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?



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.


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.

  • The medieval word pris, which was from Old French, meant not only ‘price’ but also ‘prize’ and ‘praise’. Over time these three meanings split into three different words. Pris became price, and the meaning ‘praise’ started to be spelled preise and then praise. Originally simply an alternative way of spelling price, prize too became a separate word. The Latin original of the French was pretiem ‘price’ which also lies behind appreciate (mid 18th century), and the related appraise (mid 16th century) and apprize (mid 16th century), all with the basic sense of ‘set a price to’; depreciate (mid 17th century); and precious (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with price

advice, bice, Brice, choc ice, concise, dice, entice, gneiss, ice, imprecise, lice, mice, nice, precise, rice, sice, slice, speiss, spice, splice, suffice, syce, thrice, top-slice, trice, twice, underprice, vice, Zeiss

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