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, 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

Miriam Olsen dressed in clothes her aunt had purchased in New York City. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 International travel could also be hit by a weaker currency, which reduces Chinese tourists’ purchasing power abroad. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Chinese Travel Giant Trips Up Investors," 9 Nov. 2018 Priyanka and Nick will likely plan a wedding that includes both Indian and Western traditional events, which means there are many more dresses to come–many of which will likely be purchased in India. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Goes Glam for Her Breakfast at Tiffany's Themed Bridal Shower," 29 Oct. 2018 In the new year, Crate and Barrel—which has already pledged $100,000 to VOW's mission—will unveil a wedding registry initiative that allows couples and those purchasing gifts to choose products that directly support VOW. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "This New Charity Is Using Some of the Wedding Industry's $100 Billion to Fight Child Marriage," 8 Oct. 2018 Following the reports, Cambridge Analytica said that the data that Kogan purchased was never used by Cambridge. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Cambridge Analytica shutting down, company says," 2 Oct. 2018 If your asparagus bed does become infected by disease organisms, your best option is to start a new bed in a distant part of the garden, using newly purchased or grown plants. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Economists say that expansion will drive inflation higher and erode Americans’ purchasing power, potentially hurting economic growth. New York Times, "Trade War With China in Aisle 12," 12 July 2018 The startup is betting that people will be willing to pay $500 to purchase the box and use it for one year to host some of their most precious assets in their own home. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, the most common SoulCycle class purchases are single-class passes that expire in 30 days, SoulCycle said. Rani Molla, Recode, "Peloton now has more U.S. customers than SoulCycle, new data suggests," 3 Dec. 2018 This purchase is also eligible for LG’s launch promotion, which gets you a free SanDisk Ultra 256GB microSDXC card, as well as a second year of warranty coverage just for registering. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "LG's awesome 5-camera V40 is already $200 off at B&H Photo," 23 Oct. 2018 For Bakh, the purchase was never a real estate maneuver, but rather about collecting a piece of work by a master. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "‘Livable version’ of Philip Johnson’s Glass House hits the market," 13 Sep. 2018 The legitimate purchase of a passport in some countries is legal, and traditionally tied to individuals agreeing to invest a certain amount of money to boost small economies. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "More Iranians 'buying' passports in other countries to evade US travel ban, sanctions," 29 Aug. 2018 To make the purchase even more meaningful, Markle thoughtfully engraved the watch with a sweet message. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Sweet Connection Meghan Markle's Favorite Watch Has to the Late Princess Diana," 13 Aug. 2018 The purchases pumped newly printed money into the economy in an effort to raise inflation toward the bank’s goal of just below 2 percent. Washington Post, "Trade war fears a clear concern of European bank officials," 12 July 2018 Events inside the theater require the purchase of a wristband, but attendance to the street fair is free. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Phoenixville's Blobfest returns as the movie that inspired it turns 60," 11 July 2018 The purchase is part of an effort by Sorrell, 73, to rebuild his franchise after his abrupt ouster as chief executive officer of the world’s biggest advertising group in April. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Martin Sorrell Sticks It To His Old Firm WPP With His Latest Deal," 10 July 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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More Definitions for purchase

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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