buy


1buy

verb \ˈbī\

: to get (something) by paying money for it

of money : to be able to get something

: to accept or believe (something) as true

bought \ˈbt\ buy·ing

Full Definition of BUY

transitive verb
1
:  to acquire possession, ownership, or rights to the use or services of by payment especially of money :  purchase
2
a :  to obtain in exchange for something often at a sacrifice <they bought peace with their freedom>
b :  redeem 6
3
:  bribe, hire
4
:  to be the purchasing equivalent of <the dollar buys less today than it used to>
5
:  accept, believe <I don't buy that hooey> —often used with into
intransitive verb
:  to make a purchase
buy·er \ˈbī(-ə)r\ noun
buy into
:  to purchase a portion of or interest in <the TV network bought into its local football team>
buy it or buy the farm
:  to get killed :  die
buy time
:  to delay an imminent action or decision :  stall

Examples of BUY

  1. I bought this hat for $10.
  2. He bought the quilt from a local artist.
  3. Stock prices are low, so now is a good time to buy.
  4. He said it was a mistake, but I don't buy it.

Origin of BUY

Middle English byen, from Old English bycgan; akin to Gothic bugjan to buy
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

2buy

noun

—used to describe something that is being sold

: an act of buying something

Full Definition of BUY

1
:  something of value at a favorable price; especially :  bargain <it's a real buy at that price>
2
:  an act of buying :  purchase

Examples of BUY

  1. <four cartons of ice cream for four dollars is a real buy>

First Known Use of BUY

1879

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

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