buy

verb
\ ˈbī \
bought\ ˈbȯt \; 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 into buy 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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Other Words from buy

Verb

buyer \ ˈbī(-​ə)r \ noun

Synonyms for buy

Synonyms: Verb

cop [slang], pick up, purchase, take

Synonyms: Noun

bargain, deal, pennyworth, snip [British], steal

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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 Japanese currency’s rise came after Apple Inc. lowered its sales forecast for the fourth quarter, which traders said sparked yen buying given its traditional status as a haven in volatile markets. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Twilight Trading Hour Strikes Currency Markets Again," 3 Jan. 2019 Shoppers are those who value buying unique gifts for family, friends, or themselves. Country Living, "Our Village™—An Online Marketplace Making The World A Better Place," 1 Jan. 2019 Among other shifts, CNN cited upstart computer maker Compaq buying the venerable Digital Equipment Corporation. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The biggest video games, tech news, and apocalyptic anxieties of 1998," 29 Dec. 2018 While Instagram also came for other design sectors, the relatively fast rate at which many people buy new clothing amplifies this effect. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 That includes a Denver Broncos football helmet signed by former quarterback Tim Tebow, which Trump bought at a charity auction in 2012 with $12,000 in Trump Foundation money. David A. Fahrenthold, The Seattle Times, "Trump to shut down charity after lawsuit said he used it for personal and political benefit," 18 Dec. 2018 As the midterms approached, people were still able to buy and place political ads and put them under anyone’s names, including Vice President Mike Pence and the Islamic State. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood insurance program was set to expire on Nov. 30, and Congress rammed through a temporary extension to buy more time. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Flood Deja Vu All Over Again," 21 Dec. 2018 The housing market follows the old economic principle of price being a function of supply and demand, and demand is strong with the economy doing well and older millennials finally entering stages of life that lead to buying a home. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Housing market signaled potential future downturn in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And this was done in a way that did not have the buy-in of, let’s say, the broader Google community. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 In place of wow factor, Pre-Fall has buy-now factor—or something close to it. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 The ‘buy-the-dip’ mentality used to work really well, and prior downturns were short lived. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Dow Industrials Fall 508 Points as Investors Fret Over Growth," 18 Dec. 2018 What was once a possible purchase for those who might have been interested in YouTube’s original content that was hidden behind a membership fee suddenly seems like an inexplicable buy. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube Premium is changing because it has to," 29 Nov. 2018 Check out these space-saving buys and tips for kitchen islands and other small revamps. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best kitchen accessories under $150 to shop now," 20 Aug. 2018 For swift entry into the expansive green space, buy tickets online ahead of time. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things to Do in Dublin For Everyone," 19 June 2018 Liberum has a buy and target price of 210 pence on the stock, which drops 0.05p to 152p. WSJ, "European Equities Market Talk Roundup," 22 Nov. 2018 One thing to know is that the linen collection isn’t a budget buy. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Those Brooklinen Sheets That Have Been Sold Out for Weeks Are Back in Stock," 14 Sep. 2018

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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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buy

verb

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

: 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 \
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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