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

The first part of the collection can be purchased online beginning today and at select stores this weekend. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Calvin Klein’s New Label Is a Nostalgic Throwback," 13 July 2018 The concert will require a separate admission ticket that can be purchased through Ticktmaster. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "5 Cal State Fair musical acts you don’t want to miss this year," 13 July 2018 The farm and pasture land, on the north side of U.S. 290 between FM 362 and James Muse Parkway, was purchased from the Schild family, which had owned it for generations. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Wolff Cos. bets on the U.S. 290 for its next development," 13 July 2018 Tickets to the game against the Erie Seawolves at Prince George’s Stadium can be purchased online at baysox.com until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles affiliate Baysox donating half of ticket proceeds from July 19 game to Capital Gazette funds," 13 July 2018 Advance tickets may be purchased at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62-N546 Washington Ave. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stone farmhouse in Cedarburg has grown but kept its rustic vibe," 12 July 2018 In addition to ice cream, coffees, fruit pops, gelato cakes and pints can be purchased. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 The sand actually was purchased with another investor’s money. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "FourWinds bookkeeper who testified against Uresti sentenced to year in prison camp," 11 July 2018 In 2016, the chain was purchased for around $1.36 billion by the private equity firm Apollo Global Management. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "These Are the 15 Fresh Market Stores Closing Across the U.S.," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The shop, Trident Defense, operated by Tyson Cobb, is currently located at 555 Plate Drive and purchases and sells firearms as well as provides custom firearm-coating services. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 While Levin couldn’t confirm whether Chainalysis software was involved in the current investigation, blockchain analysis typically focuses on intermediaries such as the exchanges that facilitate cryptocurrency purchases. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Someone Found a Use for Bitcoin. Russian Hackers!," 13 July 2018 Those purchases swelled the amount of deposits, known as reserves, that banks maintain in accounts at the Fed. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Federal Reserve Report Defends Use of New Tools to Set Interest Rates," 13 July 2018 The customers' accounts later were used to set up new Amazon accounts as well as accounts at Coinbase.com, a service that facilitates the purchase of virtual currencies like Bitcoin, according to KrebsOnSecurity report earlier this year. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 The funding source is critical for the DNR's purchase of warden boats and other supplies. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 Reporters at Aristegui Noticias, a website, uncovered some of the biggest scandals of Mr Peña’s government, including the purchase of a mansion by his wife with help from a government contractor. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Sharif's son-in-law is currently serving his one-year prison sentence on the same charge, which stems from the purchase of luxury apartments in Britain that the court said were bought with illegally acquired money. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 This nationwide delivery service is offering $5 off delivery orders of $20 or more to go toward the purchase of any fry item on the menu from their restaurant partners. PEOPLE.com, "How to Get Free McDonald's Fries and More Deals on Friday for National French Fry Day," 13 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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The first known use of purchase was in the 14th century

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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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