Definition of price in English:


Pronunciation /prīs/ /praɪs/


  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘House prices are an important factor in the economy in Britain, where most families own their own homes.’
    • ‘Rising fuel prices are cutting into all incomes particularly for farmers.’
    • ‘Wages and prices fall in money terms, but the nominal value of debt remains unchanged.’
    • ‘The best solution is a controlling body under the Government for ensuring a reasonable price for all agricultural produce.’
    • ‘By law, all publicans are required to display their prices and can be fined for charging more than advertised.’
    • ‘It may be a loose button or a caught thread, but these will take you time to repair and it means the item is not of the standard required by the purchase price.’
    • ‘They are expected to cut prices and accept lower profit margins.’
    • ‘Crude oil prices have been steadily rising since the late 1990s.’
    • ‘Hotels reduce rates, airfare prices drop and vacation packages may be hundreds less.’
    • ‘Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.’
    • ‘Crude oil prices have risen about 50 % since the start of the year (chart).’
    • ‘Expect prices to range from crosstown cab fare to a few hundred bucks.’
    • ‘In fact, market efficiency does not require prices to be equal to fair value all of the time.’
    • ‘It's extremely strange to me that you could expect the same price in every market.’
    • ‘Retailers expected the price to vary less as regular shipping of US beef is slated to start in mid May.’
    • ‘This could mean a significant amount of money, since diamond prices leap at certain popular sizes.’
    • ‘With foreign onions flooding the market, he cannot expect a fair price for his produce.’
    cost, asking price, selling price, charge, fee, terms, payment, rate, fare, levy, toll, amount, sum, total, figure
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    1. 1.1The odds in betting.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Displayed wager prices are updated in real time as price changes occur.’
      • ‘York shops took scores of smaller wagers at prices ranging right down to 10 / 1.’
    2. 1.2archaic Value; worth.
      ‘a pearl of great price’
      • ‘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.’
      value, financial value, monetary value, price, asking price, selling price, cost
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  • 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’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘One pays a heavy price under contemporary conditions for clinging onto that sort of conception.’
    • ‘Wallace often looks sheepish when admitting that his family has paid the price of his political success.’
    • ‘That player may also pay a high price for success by destroying many other aspects to his life.’
    • ‘He didn't tell us that even after paying such a heavy price, success was far from assured.’
    • ‘Maynard says the sacrifices are a small price to pay for the rewards.’
    • ‘Yes, yes, yes, the road ahead may be a difficult one and the price to be paid may be high, they said.’
    • ‘We owe it to those who bore the burden and paid the price before us, and we also owe it to those who will come after us.’
    • ‘But surely one year of disappointment is a small price to pay for the long-term future of York Wasps.’
    • ‘Perhaps the price of experience is that nothing seems strange any more.’
    • ‘He considered indignity a small price to pay if he could continue to provide for them.’
    • ‘This wrenching experience may be bearable when it is the price to be paid for development.’
    • ‘You must be willing to pay the price to pursue and to achieve your goal.’
    • ‘They are keen to pay the price of Wang's success, not only because he is a winner but because the sport needs him.’
    • ‘But it quickly became apparent that James has paid a high price for his success.’
    • ‘You pay a price, I'm sure, but the experiences and stories within you are endless.’
    • ‘But for many moms, the downsides are a small price to pay for the increased time they get to spend at home.’
    • ‘For the majority, however, signing away moral rights is likely to become the unwelcome price of doing business.’
    consequence, result, cost, toll, penalty, sacrifice, forfeit, forfeiture
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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Decide the amount required as payment for (something offered for sale)

    ‘the watches in this range are priced at $14.50’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘John Rohan Auctioneers is handling the sale of this property which is priced at £220,000.’
    • ‘The soft drinks meant for export were priced at a cheaper rate that those for internal sale, and were not subject to VAT.’
    • ‘Also pictured is the Kennedy coffee table with drawers which is priced at £1,495.’
    • ‘Many of these icon wines are very flavourful and pleasant, and if they were priced at their true worth they would be justifiable.’
    • ‘This is a world where information is freely available or priced at fair market value rates.’
    • ‘Get in contact with the real estate professionals in a different area to find property that is priced at a lower rate.’
    • ‘There are some companies we think are still priced at attractive rates and have the ability to grow their earnings.’
    • ‘The new car is due to go on sale here in ten days' time, priced at £84,000.’
    • ‘The 200 year history in Australia has largely been that water has been priced at the cost of producing it.’
    • ‘Sea tours are usually priced at a reasonable rate for tourists and can be found almost anywhere!’
    • ‘The full colour magazine is published by Bairds in Antrim on a quarterly basis, and priced at €4.50.’
    • ‘A rebate of 10 per cent is being offered on the artwork that is priced at Rs.4,640.’
    • ‘Rank shares are priced at 290p, a valuation of 12 times prospective earnings for this year.’
    • ‘The books are priced at $29.95 and are on sale at most local bookstores and outlets.’
    • ‘Apartments are priced at three rates, depending on the rental guarantees attached.’
    • ‘Tickets are now on sale from any of the committee members and are priced at £10.00.’
    • ‘My favourite part in their books is the lore on rare books, how to identify a First Ed and what classic Modern Firsts are priced at.’
    fix the price of, set the price of, put a price on, cost, value, rate, evaluate, assess, estimate, appraise, assay
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    at any price
    • No matter what expense, sacrifice, or difficulty is involved.

      ‘they wanted peace at any price’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, he favored orchid collectors as his customers since they would buy a new hybrid or rare genus of orchid at any price.’
      • ‘It's difficult to resist the feeling that some ideas have been dreamed up by scientists desperate to make a name for themselves at any price.’
      • ‘He remained hopeful that the state telecom would be sold by the end of the year but he reiterated that would not be done at any price.’
      • ‘They wanted to reach the top at any price, literally starving and slaving to find success and fame.’
      • ‘For those who are still adamant to return to their old villages at any price, there are hard conditions.’
      • ‘If you are determined to go at any price, though, there's still a chance as a few tickets are going to be held back and auctioned off.’
      • ‘The rule of law must not and cannot be compromised at any price or for any reason.’
    at a price
    • Requiring great expense or involving unwelcome consequences.

      ‘his generosity comes at a price’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Learning, dear reader, comes at a price, like everything else that life has to offer the common man.,’
      • ‘When the scheme is up and running, quality water will be on tap, but at a price.’
      • ‘But if her autobiography is anything to go by, her success has come at a price.’
      • ‘The company had an excellent staff retention rate, but rapid expansion came at a price.’
      • ‘It's true natural wilderness, with a peace of spiritual proportions, but it comes at a price.’
      • ‘While it is an honour for any town to have been given host town status, this honour has come at a price.’
      • ‘So long as you realise that convenience comes at a price, then by all means take the easy way out.’
    beyond price
    • So valuable that no price can be stated.

      ‘the memories they shared were beyond price’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Most people who found a faded suitcase in the attic would probably consider it worthless, but for Michel Levi-Leleu, the Frenchman claiming the relic, it is beyond price.’
      • ‘The mementoes and film were beyond price - yet useless to anyone else.’
      • ‘That she completed the course gave her an emotional gift beyond price.’
      • ‘The rewards for being a family physician are often without price.’
      • ‘What you will gain is your people's confidence in your fairness and honesty, an asset beyond price to a manager.’
      • ‘But what people value and the way that they interact with a product goes beyond price.’
      • ‘He never complained about dialysis, arguing that the months gained were beyond price, beyond inconvenience.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘There's a price on his head so high I've thought of turning him in myself,’ she joked while reaching for her water goblet.’
      • ‘Even the unassuming Woolyford had a price on his head - but in comparison, Cord Roy's was the biggest (if it were combined with the rest of his gang).’
      • ‘When Tommy kills a couple of Randall's gang, prompting the town bully to put a price on his head, Will abandons everything he's spent his life building to ride off with his brother.’
      • ‘There was already a price on his head for thievery.’
      • ‘She didn't doubt that there was a price on her head, but she'd do everything in her power to keep it from ever being collected.’
      • ‘She had known she had a price on her head, known she was wanted by the City.’
    put a price on
    • Determine the value of.

      ‘you can't put a price on what she has to offer’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They will get back the purchase price plus legal costs, but the turmoil it has caused is hard to put a price on.’
      • ‘The first time you save a life is something you cannot put a price on or put into words.’
      • ‘There is one thing that money can't put a price on and that is friends and family.’
      • ‘That's the guardian angel, that's worth everything - you can't put a price on that.’
      • ‘It's hard to put a price on beauty, but property values of homes whose landscapes include mature trees are 5 to 20 percent higher than those without them.’
      • ‘You can't put a price on the embarrassment when you are sitting in the auditorium during a performance and your phone rings.’
      • ‘‘Victor's eye test was free because his family has a history of glaucoma but the cost of an eye test is only £14 and you can't put a price on your eyesight,’ she said.’
      fix the price of, set the price of, put a price on, cost, value, rate, evaluate, assess, estimate, appraise, assay
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    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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘So what price the trust in this company, which has enjoyed the residue of much mutual goodwill built up over generations?’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tourism is off, and tourism officials have warned restaurants and hotels they risk pricing themselves out of the market…’
      • ‘In a glut of greed, some owners were literally pricing themselves out of the market.’
      • ‘Coastal property is flatlining after pricing itself out of the market, and rising crime and overcrowding are also conspiring to drive buyers inland.’
      • ‘Soaring cinema ticket costs mean Colchester's Odeon is pricing itself out of the market, a movie buff has claimed.’
      • ‘He says vacancies are up because rent decontrol allowed landlords to raise rents once tenants left, until they virtually priced themselves out of the market.’
      • ‘The study suggested that in a number of cases, contractors who pay their workers the minimum wage actually price themselves out of the market in many sectors, particularly agricultural and construction work.’
      • ‘We simply cannot afford to price ourselves out of the market,’ he said.’


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 prize). Compare with praise.



/prīs/ /praɪs/