buy up


bought up; buying up; buys up

transitive verb

: to buy freely or extensively
: to buy the entire available supply of

Examples of buy up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s been a lot of coverage recently about private equity buying up veterinary clinics and the coinciding rise in prices. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 13 May 2024 Often these amateur investors would buy up shares in companies that some professional investors were betting against. Rafael Nam, NPR, 13 May 2024 But people are buying up Facebook parent Meta, Microsoft, Google parent Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple, too. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 13 May 2024 Popular on Variety Spotify steamrolled into the podcast business in early 2019, spending hundreds of millions of dollars buying up properties including Parcast, Gimlet and Anchor, as well as inking exclusive podcast deals with the likes of Joe Rogan, host of its No. 1 podcast. Todd Spangler, Variety, 10 May 2024 Huge swaths of land were bought up by corporations that, with the help of corrupt local judges, often cheated people out of their properties. Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 9 May 2024 The Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 states have accused Facebook of buying up its rivals, particularly Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp two years later, to illegally squash competition that could have one day challenged the company’s dominance. Tripp Mickle, New York Times, 8 May 2024 Financial records show Steward has also sold off more than $1 billion of its hospitals' land and buildings since 2016 to Medical Properties Trust, which has made a business of buying up hospital real estate from private equity investors. Matt Schooley, CBS News, 6 May 2024 Gold prices rocketed as investors sought to buy up the precious metal, which many thought would be a safer investment during rocky economic times. Simeon Tegel, NPR, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buy up was circa 1534

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“Buy up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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