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

Three of the four itineraries are still available to purchase. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Still Get Tickets to Hamilton in Puerto Rico," 12 Dec. 2018 OverDrive has been around since the 1980s and has a big fan base of readers who prefer to borrow books and support their local libraries instead of purchasing them. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 2018 Netflix hasn't officially greenlit a sequel while the production companies who purchased the rights, Overbrook Entertainment and Awesomeness Films, might not have the rights to the next two books in the series. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know So Far About "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Sequel "P.S. I Still Love You"," 24 Aug. 2018 Now through March 4, purchase a Serta iComfort or iComfort Hybrid mattress and receive your choice of a free standard box spring or up to $500 off a qualified Serta adjustable foundation. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Insane Presidents' Day Mattress Sales for Casper, Serta and More," 16 Feb. 2019 The Navy is probably purchasing enough to continue testing while having a few on hand for actual use. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Just Ordered the 'Orca,' an Extra-Large Unmanned Submarine by Boeing," 14 Feb. 2019 Now, The Ordinary offers enough variety to meet the skin care needs of virtually anyone and can be purchased on Amazon or at Sephora. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "I'm Addicted to Anti-Aging Products and The Ordinary Is the Best Brand I've Ever Used," 13 Feb. 2019 Vintage Italian finds were purchased on trips to Europe, and key pieces were unearthed in antiques stores in East Hampton, where the couple have a weekend home. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 If so, this is also the very ring that it was rumored Nick shut down the New York City Tiffany & Co. to purchase on the DL. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Wears a Diamond on Her Left Hand," 15 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tickets are available at the tramway or for purchase in advance. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 Keep scrolling for a primer on jute rugs, including tips on incorporating them into your design scheme and a selection of our favorite designs available for purchase right now. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 2019 The slinky red dress, from White Fox, is still available for purchase. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Wore a $65 White Fox Dress for Valentine's Day and You Can Still Buy It," 17 Feb. 2019 Fingers crossed a table like this becomes available for purchase soon! Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Plants Grow Out of These Sleek Tables, and I’m Oddly into it," 12 Feb. 2019 Products will be available for purchase in September. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Reimagines the Ugg With a Deliciously Square Toe," 9 Feb. 2019 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , which guarantee roughly half of the mortgage market, generally require the form to be submitted to the IRS by the lender before the loan is eligible for purchase by the government-mortgage giants. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "IRS Reopens Key Program for Mortgage Loans," 13 Jan. 2019 Where to watch: The Americans is available for digital purchase and on FX’s FX+ streaming service. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The iPhone models mentioned in the ban continue to be available for purchase in China. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Apple says iOS update will avoid Qualcomm patents, China iPhone ban," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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