buy

verb
\ ˈbī How to pronounce buy (audio) \
bought\ ˈbȯt How to pronounce bought (audio) \; buying

Definition of buy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to acquire possession, ownership, or rights to the use or services of by payment especially of money : purchase buy a car buying stock in the company bought us dinner
2a : to obtain in exchange for something often at a sacrifice They bought peace with their freedom.
b Christianity : redeem sense 6 bought us with his blood
3 : bribe, hire buy a public official
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 intobuy into a compromise

intransitive verb

: to make a purchase Now is a good time to buy.
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

buy

noun

Definition of buy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something of value at a favorable price especially : bargain It's a real buy at that price.
2 : an act of acquiring possession, ownership, or rights to the use or services of something by payment especially of money : an act of buying (see buy entry 1 sense 1) : purchase an undercover drug buy

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Synonyms for buy

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of buy in a Sentence

Verb I bought this hat for $10. He bought the quilt from a local artist. Stock prices are low, so now is a good time to buy. He said it was a mistake, but I don't buy it. Noun four cartons of ice cream for four dollars is a real buy
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company has leaned hard into Chinese markets, seeing potential in the size of the middle class, as well as the demographic's penchant for buying skincare products younger. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The Hong Kong Protests Are Already Having an Impact on Estée Lauder," 17 Sep. 2019 The league has been talking to the Rouch family about buying the land for more than a decade. Los Angeles Times, "Conservation group to buy Alder Creek giant sequoia grove and world’s fifth-largest tree," 17 Sep. 2019 In addition to slapping tariffs on $360 billion worth of Chinese products, the administration has banned Chinese companies like Huawei, the telecom giant, from buying sensitive American technology. New York Times, "Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars," 14 Sep. 2019 Sai Lee, the owner of New Asian Market in Mountain View, prepared for the change by buying a large pallet of brown paper bags at Costco. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s plastic bag ban takes effect Sunday. Here’s what to expect.," 13 Sep. 2019 Supporters of a one-time mass cancellation of student loans argue that these circumstances created a unique buildup of debt that is preventing younger Americans from buying a home, having children or starting new businesses. Benjy Sarlin, NBC News, "The student debt crisis and what Democratic candidates propose doing about it," 12 Sep. 2019 Hardware hackers work to understand devices better and hunt for flaws by buying different IoT devices, physically connecting to them with different sensors and tools, and assessing how those systems fit together. Wired, "It's Time for IoT Security's Next Big Step," 11 Sep. 2019 Allworth Financial Advisors discuss options for buying a new phone or fixing an old one. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, Cincinnati.com, "Simply Money: Own a lot of company stock? Consider this tax strategy," 10 Sep. 2019 Hold off on buying something of importance for now. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 9, 2019: Happy birthday Adam Sandler; Aries, stay on task at work," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun They would be forgiven for waving those tickets over their heads in triumph, like Wall Street traders waving buy orders on the floor of the stock exchange. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind," 12 Sep. 2019 Attending families can browse for great buys and participate in artist demonstrations. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Houston Jerk Fest, The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 Bull Analyst Tom Forte at D.A. Davidson covers Apple and 22 other companies, and currently has a 'buy' rating on the company with a price target of $270 per share. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Bull vs. Bear: Will Apple’s New Streaming Service Mean Upside for Investors?," 11 Sep. 2019 In the 1960s, the Ferrari 250 GTOs dominated countless races and reached automotive immortality as the ultimate auction house blue-chip buys. Hannah Elliottbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Have we hit peak supercar?," 9 Sep. 2019 Cooper also said that there would be opportunities for toll buy-downs, which meant that grants and infrastructure funding that popped up during the years-long construction could be applied to lowering toll prices. al, "How the I-10 project was killed," 1 Sep. 2019 Common Cents Distributors, a New Jersey merchant, recently had the top buy-box listing for a 64-ounce bottle of Wesson canola oil, for $14.48. Author: Jay Greene, Anchorage Daily News, "Aggressive Amazon tactic pushes you to consider its own brand before you click ‘buy’ amazon," 29 Aug. 2019 Common Cents Distributors, a New Jersey merchant, recently had the top buy-box listing for a 64-ounce bottle of Wesson canola oil, for $14.48. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Aggressive Amazon tactic pushes you to consider its own brand before you click ‘buy’," 28 Aug. 2019 This big buy continues a trend of hardware manufacturers consolidating their brands by purchasing studios to add to their stable of first-party creators. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Sony Buys Studio Behind Its Awesome Spider-Man Game," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of buy

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buy

Verb and Noun

Middle English byen, from Old English bycgan; akin to Goth bugjan to buy

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The first known use of buy was before the 12th century

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buy

verb
How to pronounce buy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of buy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get (something) by paying money for it
of money : to be able to get something
informal : to accept or believe (something) as true

buy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buy (Entry 2 of 2)

used to describe something that is being sold
: an act of buying something

buy

verb
\ ˈbī How to pronounce buy (audio) \
bought\ ˈbȯt \; buying

Kids Definition of buy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get by paying for : purchase

Other Words from buy

buyer noun

buy

noun

Kids Definition of buy (Entry 2 of 2)

: bargain entry 1 sense 2 I got a good buy at the grocery store.

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