purchase

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

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 purchasable (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 All guests must purchase tickets in advance online for a specific date and entry time; Audubon members must reserve their tickets online in advance as well. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Audubon makes plans for socially distanced Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo," 7 Oct. 2020 The only thing was he needed to go to Walgreens and purchase $500 in Google Play cards. John Benson, cleveland, "Driver with marijuana shake on his lap and straight face tells officer his vehicle is clean: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 7 Oct. 2020 Investigators say Overton sent private messages to friends seeking to purchase a gun in the days prior to Jackson's shooting. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "Prosecutors charge man and woman in Mooresville shooting death," 5 Oct. 2020 SoftBank agreed to purchase chip designer Arm Ltd. in 2016 for $32 billion. Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg.com, "Almost Everyone at SoftBank Thinks Going Private Is a Bad Idea," 4 Oct. 2020 Bulbs are available to purchase now in garden centers. Jim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "9 timely gardening and lawn tips for fall, whether you’re a pandemic gardening newbie or a seasoned pro," 3 Oct. 2020 Coronavirus safety precautions include the ability to purchase tickets online in advance to minimize contact. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in October in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 1 Oct. 2020 Leading the recovery is rising demand from consumers buying cars at dealerships, as opposed to fleet operators and other businesses that purchase vehicles in bulk and are still reeling from the crisis. Nora Naughton, WSJ, "U.S. Auto Sales Show Signs of Recovery in Third Quarter," 1 Oct. 2020 Homebuying is still going strong heading into the fall, with people rushing to lock in record low mortgage rates and sign contracts to purchase homes in August. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Buyers still flocking to the market, with pending home sales hitting record in August," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The purchase could lead to livestreaming of meetings. cleveland, "Mayfield Heights Mayor DiCicco meeting with USDA about controlling city’s deer population," 13 Oct. 2020 In late July, Crittenden spearheaded a demonstration in NuLu that demanded business owners employ more Black workers, purchase from Black retailers more and undergo diversity training. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "How Blacks Organizing Strategic Success has become a major player in social justice scene," 12 Oct. 2020 Parking passes were available for purchase along with tickets, so fans could have already downloaded passes and will simply need to have the bar code scanned at the parking lot entry gate. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "An NLCS fan’s guide to a safe, socially distanced playoff experience at Globe Life Field," 11 Oct. 2020 Neither position seems to enjoy much purchase these days. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Why would someone plan to abduct the governor of Michigan?," 10 Oct. 2020 Deal activity in the chip sector has surged this year, including Nvidia’s proposed $40 billion purchase of Arm. Ian King, Bloomberg.com, "AMD Is Said in Talks to Buy Rival Xilinx in $30 Billion Deal," 9 Oct. 2020 Still, China’s purchase brings in more of the upfront financing that Covax needs to strike deals with vaccine makers, which have seen most of their future supply preordered by wealthy governments. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "China Joins Covax Global Initiative to Provide Covid-19 Vaccines to Poor Countries," 9 Oct. 2020 Additionally, members can take advantage of free, one day delivery on more than 10 million items on qualifying orders with no minimum purchase amount. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "18 Perks of Amazon Prime You Probably Didn't Know About," 9 Oct. 2020 This purchase, along with its moniker, appear to be tied to her newly-single relationship status. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Follows in Ex-Husband Tarek El Moussa's Footsteps and Buys a Yacht," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for purchase

purchase

verb
How to pronounce purchase (audio)

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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