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buy

verb \ ˈbī \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of buy

bought play \ˈbȯt\; buying
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
2 a :to obtain in exchange for something often at a sacrifice
  • They bought peace with their freedom.
b Christianity :redeem 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 into
  • buy into a compromise
intransitive verb
:to make a purchase
  • Now is a good time to buy.

buyer

play \ˈbī(-ə)r\ noun
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

Examples of buy in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of buy

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

buy Synonyms

Synonyms
cop [slang], pick up, purchase, take
Antonyms
disbelieve, discredit, reject
Related Words
acquire, gain, garner, get, obtain, procure, secure, win; finance, pay (for), spring (for); barter (for), deal (for), dicker (over), exchange (for), haggle (for), negotiate (about), trade (for); bargain (with), chaffer (with), horse-trade (with), palter (with); bid, offer; rebuy, repurchase
Near Antonyms
deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), retail, sell, vend

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buy

noun

Definition of buy

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 1buy 1) :purchase
  • an undercover drug buy

Examples of buy in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of buy from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of buy

see 1buy



BUY Defined for English Language Learners

buy

verb

Definition of buy for English Language Learners

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

  • of money : to be able to get something

  • : to accept or believe (something) as true


buy

noun

Definition of buy for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe something that is being sold

  • : an act of buying something


BUY Defined for Kids

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buy

verb \ ˈbī \

Definition of buy for Students

bought \ˈbȯt\; buying
:to get by paying for :purchase

buyer

noun

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buy

noun

Definition of buy for Students

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


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