purchase

verb
pur·​chase | \ ˈpər-chəs How to pronounce purchase (audio) \
purchased; purchasing

Essential Meaning of purchase

formal : to buy (property, goods, etc.) : to get (something) by paying money for it purchase a house He purchased a new suit for a hundred dollars. Souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop. = You can purchase souvenirs at the gift shop.

Full Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to obtain by paying money or its equivalent : buy
b : to acquire (real estate) by means other than descent
c : to obtain by labor, danger, or sacrifice
d archaic : gain, acquire
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) : 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
b(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

Other Words from purchase

Verb

purchasable \ ˈpər-​chə-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce purchase (audio) \ adjective
purchaser noun

Synonyms for purchase

Synonyms: Verb

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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 They can be used to purchase security systems, fences, gates and cameras, and invest in cybersecurity or training programs for congregants. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 22 Jan. 2022 Instead of investing in bullion or futures, an investor can purchase the shares of companies that mine and produce gold and perhaps other metals. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 According to the investment-consulting firm Callan LLC, about 12% of employers offer a service through which retirees can purchase these annuities, up from 1.9% in 2015. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 Fans looking to try one for themselves can purchase the Oscar Mayer face masks on Amazon for $5, while supplies last. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 19 Jan. 2022 Consumers can also purchase home tests online or at a retailer and be reimbursed by their insurance company. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2022 Money raised will purchase camping equipment, provide financial assistance for Scouts who can’t afford camping costs and cover the expense of a Scout leadership training program. Mike Danahey, chicagotribune.com, 19 Jan. 2022 In 2017, a group of private investors and labor unions came together to purchase the newspaper, averting a rival bid by the then-owner of the city’s other major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Buyers purchase the opportunity to run the algorithm, thereby minting a piece of digital art. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Upset about a litany of issues from the handling of a quarterback's concussion to a marketing promotion offering football tickets for the purchase of Diet Coke, the crowd agitated for the firing of Dave Brandon. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 17 Jan. 2022 The sale price for the complex at 326 S. Flores St. was unknown, but the records indicate the company borrowed $51.9 million for the purchase. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Jan. 2022 For example, the bill offers tax credits for the installation of renewable energy systems including solar and wind, and also for the purchase of electric vehicles. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Make Draves and Turner with a $9,000 check for the purchase of a 3-D laster printer. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2021 After omicron hit at the end of November, the president announced that those with private insurance could be reimbursed for the purchase of at-home tests, and pledged to deliver 50 million rapid tests to community health centers. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Dec. 2021 After Omicron hit at the end of November, the president announced that those with private insurance could be reimbursed for the purchase of at-home tests, and pledged to deliver 50 million rapid tests to community health centers. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Earlier this month, President Biden announced that insurance companies will be required to reimburse people for the purchase of at-home tests and that 50 million tests will be distributed to community health centers and rural clinics. al, 22 Dec. 2021 The company has imposed a four-item limit in stores and online for the purchase of at-home COVID-19 testing products. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of purchase

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1d

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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Last Updated

25 Jan 2022

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“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for purchase

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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