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verb pur·chase \ˈpər-chəs\

Simple Definition of purchase

  • : to buy (property, goods, etc.) : to get (something) by paying money for it

Full Definition of purchase


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  gain, acquire b :  to acquire (real estate) by means other than descent c :  to obtain by paying money or its equivalent :  buy d :  to obtain by labor, danger, or sacrifice

  3. 2 :  to constitute the means for buying <our dollars purchase less each year>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to purchase something

pur·chas·able play \-chə-sə-bəl\ adjective
pur·chas·er noun

Examples of purchase

  1. He purchased a new suit for a hundred dollars.

  2. <I need to purchase a new heavy coat.>

Origin of purchase

Middle English purchacen, from Anglo-French purchacer to strive for, obtain, from por-, pur- thoroughly, to a conclusion (from Latin pro- forward, for) + chacer to pursue, chase — more at pro-

First Known Use: 14th century



noun pur·chase

Simple Definition of purchase

  • : an act of buying something

  • : something that is bought

  • : a firm hold or grip that makes movement possible

Full Definition of purchase

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of purchasing

  2. 2 :  something obtained especially for a price in money or its equivalent

  3. 3 a (1) :  a mechanical hold or advantage applied to the raising or moving of heavy bodies (2) :  an apparatus or device by which advantage is gained b (1) :  an advantage (as a firm hold or position) used in applying one's power <clutching the steering wheel for more purchase — Barry Crump> (2) :  a means of exerting power

Examples of purchase

  1. The CD player is guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase.

  2. The car was an expensive purchase.

  3. He displayed his recent purchases with pride.

  4. The ice made it impossible for the car's wheels to gain a purchase on the road.

  5. The surface was so slick that the wheels couldn't gain purchase.

14th Century

First Known Use of purchase

14th century

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