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buy

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verb \ˈbī\

Simple Definition of buy

  • : to get (something) by paying money for it

  • of money : to be able to get something

  • : to accept or believe (something) as true

Full Definition of buy

bought play \ˈbȯt\ buy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to acquire possession, ownership, or rights to the use or services of by payment especially of money :  purchase

  3. 2 a :  to obtain in exchange for something often at a sacrifice <they bought peace with their freedom> b :  redeem 6

  4. 3 :  bribe, hire

  5. 4 :  to be the purchasing equivalent of <the dollar buys less today than it used to>

  6. 5 :  accept, believe <I don't buy that hooey> —often used with into

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to make a purchase

buy·er play \ˈbī(-ə)r\ noun
buy into
  1. :  to purchase a portion of or interest in <the TV network bought into its local football team>

buy it or buy the farm
  1. :  to get killed :  die

buy time
  1. :  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


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buy

noun

Simple Definition of buy

  • —used to describe something that is being sold

  • : an act of buying something

Full Definition of buy

  1. 1 :  something of value at a favorable price; especially :  bargain <it's a real buy at that price>

  2. 2 :  an act of buying :  purchase

Examples of buy

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



1879

First Known Use of buy

1879




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