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 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 How to pronounce buyer (audio) \ 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

Peele also involves the audience, reminding everybody watching that everyone who bought tickets, told their friends—and screamed at the screen—is a part of this journey, too. Marisa Polansky And Kristine Keller, Vogue, "A Helpful Guide to Nailing Your Oscars Acceptance Speech," 24 Feb. 2019 But the owner of the building is the one who buys the appliances. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "My Patent Story: A Smarter Electrical Metering System Than the Utilities Had," 21 Feb. 2019 Background checks and other restrictions on who can buy a gun can’t achieve that in the short term. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 And in 2017 the number of 18- to 34-year-olds who bought plants reached an all-time high. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 The book’s characters can be augmented to perform certain actions or tasks, scrived objects are a range of artificial intelligences, and megacorporations loom over everyday life, grinding out the people who buy their wares or work for them. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 But these numbers may say more about who is buying houses than individual home size preferences. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why shrinking U.S. homes may be a boost to homebuyers," 29 Nov. 2018 Remember when commemorating an engagement meant buying the bride a stack of wedding magazines to flip through? Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: BAZAAR Bride—the Ultimate Membership for the Newly-Engaged," 5 Feb. 2019 Those who buy into RTX are going to be left with expensive GPUs and nothing to do. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 29 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And while modern medicine has eclipsed its historic use as cure-all, castor oil is now a trendy budget beauty buy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 Jessica's toilet seat isn't the only new pre-baby buy for her home. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Very Pregnant Jessica Simpson Shares a PSA to Moms After Breaking Her Toilet Seat," 14 Feb. 2019 As of writing this, Priyanka's jeans are still available to shop and there's even a buy one, get one 50 percent off deal. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Picked Up Her $50 Jeans From Your Favorite Mall Store," 25 Jan. 2019 For fans of Lee’s debut book, Pool, this is a must-buy. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 Amazon’s own gadgets, by contrast, are a great buy on Prime Day simply because the company is pulling out all the stops. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018 The Ironstone is an exceptional buy for its bright and deep color, suggestions of roses in its fruity fragrance, reinforcing but yielding tannic spine and juicy cherry fruit underscored with a welcome herbal thread. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "This year's best local wine you can (mostly) get for under $20," 20 June 2018 The Serbian has been earning plaudits for months now, and will not be a cheap buy. SI.com, "Juventus Place €80m Price Tag on Miralem Pjanic Following Rejected Manchester City Bid," 6 June 2018 However, the recall only affects bars with best buy dates between January 14 and October 19, 2019, depending on the flavor. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Some Rx Bars Have Been Recalled Due to an Undeclared Allergen," 16 Jan. 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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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
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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