purchase

verb
pur·chase | \ ˈpər-chəs \
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 \ adjective
purchaser noun

Synonyms for purchase

Synonyms: Verb

buy, 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

He was employed by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation for many years as a purchasing services officer. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sydney R. Goodrich," 14 July 2018 Blake McKee, with developer Skybridge Companies LLC, said his company wants to purchase about 7½ acres and build single-family attached homes, such as townhomes. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 The battle for Sky is running simultaneously with Comcast's and Disney's desire to purchase a large chunk of 21st Century Fox, including its 39 percent Sky stake. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Comcast Increases Sky Bid to $34B, Trumping Fox Offer," 11 July 2018 Anything left over will likely be used to purchase toys and other supplies for IACS, Elliott said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Dog found shot, covered in bleach adopted by IMPD officer who rescued him," 11 July 2018 The thieves used money from his account to purchase savings bonds without his knowledge, his cousin, Volma Overton Jr., told KVUE. Essence.com, "Bank Restores Funds To 112-Year-Old Veteran Whose Money And Identity Was Stolen," 9 July 2018 Neither the threats nor the harassment conviction were a barrier to purchasing the weapon. Anchorage Daily News, "Maryland newspaper shooting suspect’s anger flared, and fell silent. Then it exploded, police say," 8 July 2018 Priyanka posted an Instagram story of a red Cartier box on Thursday, though the rings seem to have been purchased before that: The thick gold bands have made a few appearances over the last few weeks. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Don't Freak Out, but It Looks Like Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Matching Gold Rings," 7 July 2018 Rewerts said Amber used a different name to purchase the bus ticket. Lauren Fox And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Amber Alert canceled for Lenexa teen. Suspect, 22, had posed as teen online, dad says," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heyward’s purchase price in the Walton Street building remains well eclipsed by the amount paid in November by Illinois’ richest person, billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Jason Heyward pays $6.934 million for luxury high-rise condo in Gold Coast," 12 July 2018 The revised sale was approved following a settlement over the purchase price between Weinstein Co., Lantern and a committee representing trade creditors and women who have filed lawsuits against the company over alleged misconduct by Mr. Weinstein. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "Judge Clears Sale of Weinstein Studio to Lantern Capital," 11 July 2018 As part of the settlement, Lantern agreed to pay at least $8.75 million to satisfy certain contractual claims and pay for the Weinstein Co.’s operating expenses since June 29 in exchange for a lower purchase price. Washington Post, "Judge approves revised Weinstein Co. bankruptcy sale plan," 11 July 2018 A few years ago, her family created the Doffie Project, which has raised more than $250,000 for charities by selling her paintings — 80 percent of each purchase price goes directly to a nonprofit. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Doffie Arnold, an artist whose canvases sparkled with energy, dies at 94," 6 July 2018 Town officials in March 2017 estimated that under the original $5 million purchase price, the town would have had to spend $11 million in remediation and demolition. Mikaela Porter, courant.com, "Malloy Says Financial Tech Company Will Relocate To Former UConn Campus In West Hartford," 3 July 2018 Miami ranked eighth on Zillow's list of 25 cities ranked by the highest percentage of profit over purchase price. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Miami home sellers made a nice profit in 2017. Just not quite enough for a new place.," 26 June 2018 In his letter, Schaeffer demanded that Eileen Gold rescind their 2014 agreement setting Schaeffer’s purchase price at $30 million for the Golds’ 50-percent share of the company. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "People's Trust blocks public release of audit into criminal allegations against former CEO," 26 June 2018 Anderson's eye-opening $4.1 million purchase price is the outlier, for now. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "He just bought the $4.1 million penthouse at the Kings' downtown condo tower. Here's why," 21 June 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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purchase

verb

English Language Learners Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \
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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