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purchase

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of purchase

purchasedpurchasing

  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

purchasable play \-chə-sə-bəl\ adjective
purchaser noun

Examples of purchase in a sentence

  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


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purchase

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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



PURCHASE Defined for Kids

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purchase

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verb pur·chase \ˈpər-chəs\

Definition of purchase for Students

purchasedpurchasing

  1. :  to get by paying money :  buy




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purchase

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noun pur·chase

Definition of purchase for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of buying <the purchase of supplies>

  2. 2 :  something bought

  3. 3 :  a firm hold or grasp or a safe place to stand <I could not get a purchase on the slippery ledge.>




Law Dictionary

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purchase

verb pur·chase

Legal Definition of purchase

purchasedpurchasing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to acquire (real property) by means other than descent or inheritance

  3. 2 :  to obtain by paying money or giving other valuable consideration; specifically :  to take (property) by a voluntary transaction (as a sale, mortgage, pledge, lien, or gift) that creates an interest and that is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code — see also bona fide purchaser

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to purchase something

purchasable adjective
purchaser noun



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purchase

noun pur·chase

Legal Definition of purchase

  1. :  an act or instance of purchasing: as a :  the acquiring of real property by any means other than descent or inheritance b :  the acquiring of an interest in property esp. in exchange for valuable consideration — see also word of purchase





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