1. the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bargain \Bar"gain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bargained (?); p. pr.
& vb. n. Bargaining.]
To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to
bargain one horse for another.
To bargain away, to dispose of in a bargain; -- usually
with a sense of loss or disadvantage; as, to bargain away
one's birthright. "The heir . . . had somehow bargained
away the estate." --G. Eliot.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "bargaining":
audience, bargaining session, chaffer, chaffering,
collective bargaining, coming to terms, conclave, confab,
confabulation, conference, confrontation, congress, consultation,
convention, council, council fire, council of war, dickering,
discussion, exchange of views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter,
haggle, haggling, higgling, high-level talk, huddle,
interchange of views, interview, meeting, negotiation,
negotiations, news conference, package bargaining, palaver, parley,
pattern bargaining, pourparler, powwow, press conference, seance,
session, sitting, summit, summit conference, summitry