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past tense and past participle of buy


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: store sense 2
bought clothes

Examples of bought in a Sentence

Adjective a bought dress that looked like a high-end designer item
Recent Examples on the Web
The chain said that refunds would be available to patrons who had pre-bought tickets. Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 July 2022 Cineplex has also begun offering refunds to all customers that pre-bought tickets for upcoming film screenings. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Jan. 2022

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Word History



past participle of buy

First Known Use


1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bought was in 1796

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“Bought.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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past and past participle of buy

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