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

But rather than purchasing food for clients, Recovery Connections’ leaders, Phillip and Jennifer Warren, used the food stamps to stock their own kitchen and purchase groceries for the program’s restaurant, Reveal found. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "North Carolina rehab under investigation for food stamp fraud," 13 July 2018 After purchasing a tabloid called Bachelors Beat in 1968, Flynt turned it into a promotional vehicle for his dance club. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Only the valuation of Norway’s krone has moved much on account of purchasing power. The Economist, "Investors are gorging on American assets," 12 July 2018 The bill seeks to nullify a 1953 Jordanian law forbidding non-Muslims and non-Arabs from purchasing land in Judea and Samaria. Jewish Journal, "Mufti issues 'fatwa' forbidding Muslims to sell land to Jews," 11 July 2018 Original shareholders of Vantage’s predecessor had purchased shares for $7.50 each. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Vantage Bank, Inter National Bank announce merger," 11 July 2018 Aguilar himself has purchased 1,000 tickets to the game, and the first 500 fans will each receive a pair of seats in the loge level (second deck). Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After first day of voting, Jesus Aguilar leads 'Final Vote' standings," 10 July 2018 In each of the past three years, the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce has purchased a block of tickets for a game at Comerica Park, with portions of the proceeds going to a local fundraiser. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers offer 'Pride Pack' tickets in support of LGBT community," 8 July 2018 Having purchased a stake in the Bluebirds in May 2010, Tan was seen as the knight in shining armour for Cardiff due to the dire financial position the club was in after the mismanagement under Sam Hammam and Peter Risdale. SI.com, "From Hero to Villain to Hero Again: The Vincent Tan Journey," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

McDowell, who couldn't legally own a gun because of the burglary conviction, was arrested after the purchase. Fox News, "Man who said he planned church attack gets nearly 3 years," 13 July 2018 In this go-round, both the House and Senate have called for accelerating the state’s mandates of utilities for renewable energy purchases, with the Senate adopting the more aggressive targets. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation," 13 July 2018 Refunds for box office purchases can be attained at the Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. Houston Chronicle, "Hall and Oates show canceled," 12 July 2018 Nelson and environmentalists have also criticized Scott and the state Legislature for failing to use money approved by voters in 2014 for land acquisition purchases and conservation, including Everglades restoration. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 That is good news for U.S. workers who have seen tepid wage increases over the past few years and may benefit some businesses as consumers become more willing to open their wallets for discretionary purchases. Danielle Chemtob, WSJ, "Wage Gains Threaten to Squeeze Retail, Industrial Profits," 9 July 2018 This week’s agenda includes testimony on fire safety, school threat assessment, background checks for gun purchases, the 911 system, law enforcement radio systems and mental health treatment. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas shooting commission meets this week in Sunrise," 9 July 2018 The annual number of background checks for gun purchases now exceeds 27 million a year — double the number of annual background checks just 10 years ago. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Kansas City's gun theft 'victims' are arming criminals — and getting away with it," 1 July 2018 The ruling is expected to increase state revenue by up to $13 billion a year and may raise the amount consumers pay for online purchases. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside the billion dollar business of housing migrant children," 22 June 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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