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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).
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.
Bruce, 1845–1903, U.S. architect.
(Edward) Reynolds, 1933–2011, U.S. novelist.
(Mary) Leontyne
[lee-uh n-teen] /ˈli ənˌtin/ (Show IPA), born 1927, U.S. soprano.
a male given name.
Contemporary Examples

The Jean-Paul Gaultier top she wore for sight-seeing drew as much heat as the price of the trip.
Sasha Obama: Style Icon Isabel Wilkinson August 10, 2010

The price reflects its rarity as well, but also the finicky, difficult, and nuanced process of making Champagne.
Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong Kayleigh Kulp December 19, 2014

Sure, $250 million—the price Jeff Bezos is paying for the storied newspaper—sounds like a lot of cash to us working stiffs.
The Washington Post Sale by the Numbers August 5, 2013

I agree with the market prinicipals behind it, but is there a way to price shop on health care?
Ask the Blogger: Can Transparent Health Care Prices Make Me Better Off? Megan McArdle October 21, 2012

At 5:00 p.m. on a cold, rainy day, the price demanded would inevitably be higher than it would be at 2:00 p.m. on a nice day.
Stop Whining About Uber’s Surge Pricing Daniel Gross December 15, 2013

Historical Examples

It is a grave demand, made as the price of an important concession.
One Of Them Charles James Lever

I claim it as the price of coming, you know, when I was only an afterthought.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

As production and price advance a greater quantity of lead is remelted.
Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory

He found the restaurants moderate in price, and within his means.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

Nineteen and sixpence is the price of a return-ticket which covers a month.
The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler

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

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.

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


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