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

Further Reading Verizon has a new strategy to undermine online privacy and net neutrality Verizon purchased AOL in June 2015; AOL is now part of a Verizon subsidiary called Oath, which also includes Yahoo. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon/AOL helped advertisers track kids online, must now pay $5M fine," 4 Dec. 2018 Here’s the story, of some must-see TV! HGTV recently purchased the Southern California home most famous for appearing on The Brady Bunch—and reunited the kids from the iconic sitcom to help renovate it. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "'The Brady Bunch' Cast Has Some Serious Plans for Renovating Their Old TV House," 8 Nov. 2018 Her wedding tiara has nearly 1,000 diamonds in total and was initially purchased from Cartier in 1936 as an anniversary gift from King George VI to his wife. Glamour, "Kate Middleton Has Only Worn a Tiara Seven Times—See Them All Here," 23 Oct. 2018 The fragrance, which will retail for $50, is now available to preorder on Ulta and will also be available to purchase in store. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Announced the Release of Her Cloud Perfume," 18 Sep. 2018 Mums purchased as annuals in late summer do not require this treatment. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 The estate has made over 80 appearances on screen and is currently owned by billionaire Ron Burkle, who purchased the property in 2011 for $4.5 million — four years after the home was partially restored following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Famous Blade Runner House Listed for $23 Million: See the Photos!," 12 July 2018 The British royal family acquired the estate in 1862, when it was purchased as a country home for Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, and his soon-to-be wife, Alexandra of Denmark. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Private Home at Sandringham Castle," 13 Dec. 2018 The Better Business Bureau says to inspect cards carefully before they're purchased. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "New Gift Card Scam Wipes Cards Before You Can Even Give Them, Warns the BBB," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hiram's purchase of the Riverdale Register raised some red flags, especially among the Coopers. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 Allen’s purchase of the Sperry Peninsula displaced Camp Nor’wester, which had been operating on Lopez Island since 1946. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "How Paul Allen quietly saved an Orcas Island preschool," 19 Oct. 2018 Lopez Obrador has already announced that his government will cancel a pending purchase of U.S. helicopters as an example of cost-cutting measures. Washington Post, "Pompeo travels to Mexico to meet new leftist president-elect," 13 July 2018 In Michigan, management of the state’s wildlife and natural resources is primarily funded through purchases of hunting and fishing licenses and equipment — not state taxes. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 According to data from Amherst, a real estate investment firm, institutional investors purchases of single-family homes peaked at just under 80,000 in 2013. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Single-family rental companies turn to Opendoor, Offerpad for new inventory," 3 Dec. 2018 Full access to the resort’s amenities and spa facilities are included with purchase. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Apple Shopping Event: $50-200 Apple Store Gift Card with purchase of select Mac, iPad, iPhone, Beats, HomePod, Apple Watch, and Apple TV devices. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: The Cyber Monday 2018 tech deals that are worth your time [Updated]," 26 Nov. 2018 There’s also a free online exclusive Yeti bear with purchase over $100. Glamour, "All The Cyber Monday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 25 Nov. 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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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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