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

Wilson writes that when Princess Mary died, the brooch was purchased by the regiment at an auction of her personal jewelry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Gold Shamrock Brooch Has a Rich History with the Royal Family," 17 Mar. 2019 Individual episodes can also be purchased on YouTube. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch and Stream ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Online," 15 Mar. 2019 The historic building is back on the market after it was purchased in 2014. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Now the Proud Owners of...A Castle?," 3 Mar. 2019 The remaining parts are either purchased on the open market or cannibalized from non-operational Tiger IIs, of which Iran has nearly 100. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran’s Aging American-Made Jets Could Fly Through the 2040s," 11 Feb. 2019 The property was originally purchased by the Middleton family way back in 2002 for the bargain price of £780,000 ($987,425), and Kate moved in for a while in 2011 before joining the royal family. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate and Pippa Middleton's Old London Apartment Is Up for Sale, if You Have a Spare $2.5 Million," 10 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Interest and purchase of flavors is driven by the overall appeal of how well the flavor name fits with the actual flavor. Rosa Sanchez, Teen Vogue, "How Your Favorite Cosmetics Products Got Their Cheeky Names," 11 Apr. 2019 Apparently, the supermarket is predicting some last-minute purchases for the holiday. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Walmart Open on Easter? Here Are the Superstore's Holiday Hours," 11 Mar. 2019 That deal is dead, according to Icelandic paper Fréttablaðið, which reports that the agreement was axed after neither airline could come to an agreement on purchase conditions. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is Wow Air—and Its $99 Flights—Going Away?," 30 Nov. 2018 House leaders just declined a proposal by Representative Patricia Haddad to double the offshore wind purchases. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation," 13 July 2018 There are still plenty of styles available for purchase, though... for now. Allure, "Adidas Released a Collection of," 25 Mar. 2019 There are still plenty of styles available for purchase, though... for now. Glamour, "Game of Thrones," 25 Mar. 2019 On iTunes, individual episodes are also available for purchase. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How to Watch Killing Eve Ahead of the Season Two Premiere," 24 Mar. 2019 Of the several varieties available for purchase on the Atroposknife website (which mercifully does ship worldwide), the cheapest one is $165. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Transforming Russian Knife Is Bizarre and Brilliant," 22 Mar. 2019

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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)

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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