purchase

verb
pur·​chase | \ ˈpər-chəs How to pronounce purchase (audio) \
purchased; purchasing

Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a archaic : gain, acquire
b : to acquire (real estate) by means other than descent
c : to obtain by paying money or its equivalent : buy
d : to obtain by labor, danger, or sacrifice
2 : to constitute the means for buying our dollars purchase less each year

intransitive verb

: to purchase something

purchase

noun

Definition of purchase (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of purchasing
2 : something obtained especially for a price in money or its equivalent
3a(1) : a mechanical hold or advantage applied to the raising or moving of heavy bodies
(2) : an apparatus or device by which advantage is gained
b(1) : an advantage (such as a firm hold or position) used in applying one's power clutching the steering wheel for more purchase— Barry Crump
(2) : a means of exerting power

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Other Words from purchase

Verb

purchasable \ ˈpər-​chə-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce purchasable (audio) \ adjective
purchaser noun

Synonyms for purchase

Synonyms: Verb

buy, cop [slang], pick up, take

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Examples of purchase in a Sentence

Verb

He purchased a new suit for a hundred dollars. I need to purchase a new heavy coat.

Noun

The CD player is guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase. The car was an expensive purchase. He displayed his recent purchases with pride. The ice made it impossible for the car's wheels to gain a purchase on the road. The surface was so slick that the wheels couldn't gain purchase.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The network of centers were purchased from Fresenius Medical Care for an undisclosed price. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "HCA Healthcare buys 24 urgent care clinics in Texas," 2 July 2019 Gorski and his wife Bozena purchased the market in 1994 from Bruno Weber, who owned Adolf’s for 26 years. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Owner of popular Hartford market drowns in Norwalk River after slipping off boat," 2 July 2019 The property was purchased from Texas Republic Realty. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Jerry Jones' Blue Star Land adds to its Frisco property holdings," 1 July 2019 After producers brought the mall’s fountains and food court back to life, costume designer Amy Parris’s team outfitted hundreds of background actors in duds purchased everywhere from vintage vendors to eBay. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How ‘Stranger Things’ Whipped Up ’80s Fever," 30 June 2019 The ban on purchasing goods from American companies is not, however, the only policy hurdle Huawei faces in the United States. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Trump reversed course on Huawei. What happens now?," 29 June 2019 Firmino's Brazilian compatriot Fabinho was only purchased from Monaco last summer in a £39m deal, yet the latter has already been impressed by his countryman's abilities. SI.com, "Fabinho Reveals the Player Who Jurgen Klopp Views as 'Irreplaceable' at Liverpool," 29 June 2019 For about six weeks before that, HEA leaders were forced to purchase spot market gas from other producers in the Cook Inlet basin as well as draw on reserves stored in the Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska facility commonly known as CINGSA. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Furie is again supplying Cook Inlet gas to Homer but is still short with Enstar," 28 June 2019 At the same time, Virginia will get stricter about tobacco and vaping products, raising the legal age to purchase from 18 to 21. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Out with plastic straws, up with minimum wage and in with happy-hour ads as new laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Occidental’s purchase of Anadarko will create an energy behemoth. The Economist, "Investors and regulators fall out of love with colossal deals," 6 July 2019 Sinclair's purchase of the Fox networks from Disney is still subject to approval from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "AT&T considers sale of regional sports networks to help pay down debt," 3 July 2019 Javier Zarracina/Vox The country’s most dominant brick-and-mortar retailer agreed to the largest-ever acquisition of an e-commerce company: a $3.3 billion purchase of a fast-growing but money-sucking online shopping site called Jet.com. Jason Del Rey, Vox, "Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon," 3 July 2019 As a nationwide recession took its toll on automakers in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Iacocca’s purchases of American Motors and other companies lost their luster among Wall Street analysts and critics within Chrysler. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 Tovrea died not long after making the purchase, however. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Tovrea Castle: Tickets to tour the Phoenix freeway landmark go on sale July 1," 27 June 2019 It was learned that the man went to Market District’s liquor store and attempted to make a purchase. cleveland.com, "Juvenile rape suspect arrested in stolen parked car: Solon police blotter," 26 June 2019 However, cardholders earn 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of over $5,000. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Credit Cards With Transferable Points," 26 June 2019 Tesla's recent purchase of Maxwell Technologies, which makes automotive- and utility-grade battery components, may also have driven a wedge between the companies. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Report: Tesla working on battery-cell R&D to loosen ties with Panasonic," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of purchase

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purchase

Verb

Middle English purchacen, from Anglo-French purchacer to strive for, obtain, from por-, pur- thoroughly, to a conclusion (from Latin pro- forward, for) + chacer to pursue, chase — more at pro-

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The first known use of purchase was in the 14th century

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purchase

verb

English Language Learners Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to buy (property, goods, etc.) : to get (something) by paying money for it

purchase

noun

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

: an act of buying something
: something that is bought
: a firm hold or grip that makes movement possible

purchase

verb
pur·​chase | \ ˈpər-chəs How to pronounce purchase (audio) \
purchased; purchasing

Kids Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get by paying money : buy

purchase

noun

Kids Definition of purchase (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of buying the purchase of supplies
2 : something bought
3 : a firm hold or grasp or a safe place to stand I could not get a purchase on the slippery ledge.

purchase

verb
pur·​chase
purchased; purchasing

Legal Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to acquire (real property) by means other than descent or inheritance
2 : to obtain by paying money or giving other valuable consideration specifically : to take (property) by a voluntary transaction (as a sale, mortgage, pledge, lien, or gift) that creates an interest and that is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code — see also bona fide purchaser

intransitive verb

: to purchase something

Other Words from purchase

purchasable adjective
purchaser noun

purchase

noun

Legal Definition of purchase (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of purchasing: as
a : the acquiring of real property by any means other than descent or inheritance
b : the acquiring of an interest in property especially in exchange for valuable consideration — see also word of purchase

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