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 The purchase stems from a previous agreement for purchasing rights of the A320 narrowbody, bringing flynas’ order of the jets to 90. Washington Post, "Boeing’s grounded 737 Max scores 2nd order at Dubai Airshow," 19 Nov. 2019 The purchase stems from a previous agreement for purchasing rights of the A320 narrowbody, bringing flynas’ order of the jets to 90. Aya Batrawy, chicagotribune.com, "Boeing notches another order for its grounded 737 Max," 19 Nov. 2019 Comcast may then reacquire the content by either purchasing the RSN's television rights themselves or by ensuring that the RSN becomes part of some other consolidated ownership. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast trying to drive local sports network out of business, lawsuit says," 18 Nov. 2019 The next day the couple went to the sales model and inquired about purchasing a home there. courant.com, "Property of the Week: Castle Heights of Cheshire," 15 Nov. 2019 Benson asked lawmakers for an additional $3 million to help with the new voting laws, including purchasing more high-speed tabulators for clerks. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Clerks facing challenges with absentee voting skyrocketing in Michigan elections," 15 Nov. 2019 While Tyler initially wanted to build houses for the vets by purchasing supplies from a hardware store, Blackstone instead contacted Gov. Larry Hogan, who gave the boy a $100 grant to put to good use. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Boy, 8, Raises More Than $50K to Help Homeless Veterans in 4 Years: 'It Makes Me Feel Very Happy'," 15 Nov. 2019 Getty Images As depicted in Ford v Ferrari, Ford had actually been interested in purchasing the Italian sportscar maker, according to Motorsport. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind the Movie Ford v Ferrari," 15 Nov. 2019 Those interested in purchasing can learn more at gocards.com/sports/2019/10/31/uofl-license-plate-faq.aspx. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Are you a University of Louisville supporter? Kentucky has a new license plate for you," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reports abound that there's still distance between the United States and China on key issues such as agricultural purchases and tariff rollbacks, and that negotiators could be at an impasse. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Will the US and China ever get a trade deal? Investors turn skeptical," 21 Nov. 2019 Kennealy says this money should help address constraints the tech schools face; demand has been high, but equipment purchases have not kept pace. BostonGlobe.com, "Lynn Vocational Technical Institute," 21 Nov. 2019 Some 1,000 literary lovers from around the world donated more than £85,000 (just under $110,000 USD) toward the manuscript’s purchase. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Miniature Manuscript Penned by Teenaged Charlotte Brontë Will Return to Author’s Childhood Home," 21 Nov. 2019 The tariff war between China and the U.S. has prompted some manufacturers to delay purchases and investment. NBC News, "Apple breaks ground on $1 billion Texas campus as Trump tours manufacturing facility," 20 Nov. 2019 The free-to-play Fortnite took a page from mobile games' playbook by making its money through in-game purchases like cosmetic upgrades or playing bonuses. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "The Game Industry Is Suffering from A Battle Royale ‘Hangover’," 20 Nov. 2019 An Indianapolis woman accused of providing false information in connection with firearm purchases faces federal charges. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis woman accused of buying guns for convicted felon," 20 Nov. 2019 After communication with Major League Baseball, Nassar relented, but made all reporters who were non-guests of the hotel purchase rooms in order to stay. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros owner Jim Crane won't address MLB investigation," 20 Nov. 2019 Condado's Oakley grand opening begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 and the celebration lasts all day, until 2 a.m. Taco lovers will receive one free taco with any food purchase and half off margaritas all day, according to the Facebook event. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "How to get a $25 Condado gift card... in Oakley? New restaurant opens Thursday," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Purchase.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchasable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=purcha02. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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