purchase

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

Essential Meaning of purchase

formal : to buy (property, goods, etc.) : to get (something) by paying money for it purchase a house He purchased a new suit for a hundred dollars. Souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop. = You can purchase souvenirs at the gift shop.

Full Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to obtain by paying money or its equivalent : buy
b : to acquire (real estate) by means other than descent
c : to obtain by labor, danger, or sacrifice
d archaic : gain, acquire
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) : 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
b(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

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Other Words from purchase

Verb

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

Synonyms for purchase

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Simply go to your registrar of choice, purchase the domain, then connect with a website builder that can develop you a new site using WordPress, SquareSpace, Drupal or another content management system. Akram Atallah, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Add more moisture to the air in your bedroom, or purchase multiple humidifiers to up your air quality in rooms throughout your home. Carly Totten, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Plexiglass barriers also will be made available for another popular ritual, the one-on-one photo sessions with celebrities that fans can purchase. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 14 Oct. 2021 Once posted, each garment will be sold to the first person to claim and purchase it via a direct message to the brand’s account. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 Related DoorDash has also built an ad platform that lets restaurants purchase the placements via a bidding system without the help of an ad-sales person. Megan Graham, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Although the venture has since been disbanded, imagine the purchasing power the federal government could wield for buying drugs if all federal agencies that purchase prescription drugs were combined into a single purchasing pool. Jeffrey R. Lewis, STAT, 10 Oct. 2021 News of Hunter Biden's burgeoning art career and the prices of his artworks raised alarms among ethics experts expressing concern over whether individuals would purchase the art to gain influence with the President. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 To reach the goals, building owners can perform energy efficiency improvements; switch to clean, efficient and electric heating systems or fossil fuel-free systems; and purchase clean energy. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The price of entry is purchase of a drink from Tastea, which sells smoothies and tea drinks. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 The purchase includes the 2,400-acre Fairfield Lake with 21 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Oct. 2021 The Andover Historical Society received $250 for the purchase of three brass plaques to identify the historical meeting house stone, case papermill dam, and the Baptist Church stepping stone. courant.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The Monroe County Council this past week approve the $370,000 purchase of nearly 30 acres near Bloomington just northwest of the Interstate 69 and Indiana 46 interchange. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 And with a hot real-estate market, some homeowners who might have been considering purchase of a new home are looking to remodel. Kaylee Staral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Oct. 2021 Somewhat surprisingly, the money fans spend on concessions isn’t going toward the purchase of alcohol. Doyle Rader, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Council members also unanimously approved the purchase of new computers for police cruisers that currently operate using Windows 7, which is no longer supported by Microsoft. cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 Safadi also defended the king’s purchase of luxury homes, revealed earlier this month in a massive leak of documents dubbed the Pandora Papers. Karin Laub, ajc, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of purchase

Verb

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

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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16 Oct 2021

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“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for purchase

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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