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

There will be raffles and concessions for attendants to enter and purchase. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From film fests to cultural fairs, here are seven suburban-area festivals to check out this summer," 19 June 2019 Vermont Public Radio reports that Greg and Dawn Tatro recently purchased the closed St. John the Apostle Church on behalf of Jenna’s Promise, an organization named for their daughter who died of an overdose in February. USA TODAY, "‘Lorax’ tree legend, butter Elmo, meth squirrel: News from around our 50 states," 19 June 2019 The market will be offering CT Fresh Match, a program that doubles the value of SNAP purchases up to $10, to be spent on additional fresh produce. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 19 June 2019 The organization would exist as a nonprofit with the ability to sell, lease, and purchase public and private property. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Committee recommends creating organization to revitalize economy of flood-prone Ellicott City," 18 June 2019 Over time, Facebook intends to add services such as bill paying and the ability to make everyday purchases like buying a cup of coffee or purchasing a transit pass to Calibra’s suite of services. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Facebook: Meet Libra, the new bitcoin rival," 18 June 2019 Muni officials said riders purchasing single-trip fares can use Clipper Cards or the MuniMobile ticketing application instead of using cash, which costs 50 cents less at $2.50. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Cash-paying Muni riders will face fare hike on July 1, Muni says," 18 June 2019 This helps prevent attackers from untangling the data and figuring out people’s real identities and purchasing proclivities. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook Cryptocurrency: Calibra’s Privacy Implications," 18 June 2019 Her comforting food arrives on mismatched china purchased at antique stores and on eBay. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Gianna: New Warehouse District restaurant dishes out travelogue of Italian food," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The art installations will stay along Wisconsin Avenue until the end of summer and are available for purchase. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 10 places you'll want to Instagram around Milwaukee this summer," 20 June 2019 Her 4-piece Pyrex storage set ($29.99) and 10-piece Pyrex storage set ($69.99) are also available for purchase on Amazon. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Peek Inside Khloé Kardashian's Newly Organized Fridge — and Learn How to Recreate It Yourself," 19 June 2019 Pony rides and feed bags are available for purchase. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Marion County Fair," 19 June 2019 Artwork is available for purchase directly from the artists, whose contact information is displayed along with the artwork. Sarah Bonnette, nola.com, "Artscape: Movie poster pop-up coming to St. Tammany Art Association," 19 June 2019 Bank of America plans to offer some potential homebuyers in the Baltimore metro area up to $17,500 to pay up-front costs, which are often out-of-pocket and the biggest barrier to making a purchase. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Bank of America plans to help potential homebuyers in Baltimore with downpayments, closing costs," 18 June 2019 Her latest novel, Mrs. Everything, published June 11 and is available for purchase. Jennifer Weiner, EW.com, "Jennifer Weiner pens essay on beach reads for EW: 'I've tried to make peace with the label'," 17 June 2019 The package of alcohol, unopened, was at the feet of the man who made the purchase. cleveland.com, "Partiers asked to leave entertainment center become violent: Solon police blotter," 14 June 2019 Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency represented Dr. Dre, who made the purchase through a trust. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Dr. Dre picks up Pacific Palisades pad for $2.25 million," 13 June 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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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)

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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