purchase

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

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

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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

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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 report says Alexis Wilson purchased a new AK-47 and took photos and videos of herself with the weapon. Amanda Watts, CNN, "A woman was arrested after she bought an AK-47 and threatened her old school," 17 Sep. 2019 Tickets can be reserved by visiting autorino.usj.edu, by calling 860-231-5555, or purchased at the door at the Frances Driscoll Box Office. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 The commission was overwhelmed this spring with about 1,200 patient inquiries a day, on top of about 300 applications to become a registered patient — an onslaught so great the agency purchased an emergency call center to deal with it. Erin Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Why Maryland’s medical pot growers are adding more plants," 16 Sep. 2019 One of the best parts about purchasing a homesite at Majestic Hills is working with Lone Star Land Partners, a company with more than 50 years of experience in the land development business. Houston Chronicle, "Land sale: Buyers can enjoy Hill Country living at Majestic Hills," 14 Sep. 2019 The Bureau of Land Management purchased over 150 acres surrounding the spring east of the town of Lakeview. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 The tribe also recently purchased 1,150 acres near the Utah reservation, and Denver’s East Colfax Neighborhood Association also has paid several hundred dollars in reparations to the group. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "A nomadic plumber found mysterious stones on his land — so he became the first person to return land to the Ute Indian Tribe," 13 Sep. 2019 For every item purchased, that same item will be donated to the charity, which helps outfit women looking for jobs. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Serena Williams Wants Everyone to Know What a Great Friend Meghan Markle Is," 13 Sep. 2019 CLODAGH KILCOYNEGetty Images Back from maternity leave, Meghan Markle is launching her new Smart Works capsule collection today, which is shoppable and donates one item for each item purchased. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's New Smart Works Capsule Collection Just Became Shoppable," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Club-record purchase Sebastien Haller has settled quickly, Manuel Lanzini has looked razor sharp in midfield following his return to full fitness and Declan Rice has shown immense composure in the heart of midfield. SI.com, "A Good Result, But Now Is the Time for West Ham to Unleash Pablo Fornals From the Start," 17 Sep. 2019 There was no conspiracy theory too strange for the staff of The Epoch Times Germany to believe, Albrecht found: chemtrail alarmism, Pizzagate, and discredited tales of children murdered by refugees all found a purchase on its pages. Seth Hettena, The New Republic, "The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe," 17 Sep. 2019 Riverview’s first purchase was an 8,000-cow dairy farm for $38 million. Andrew Stern, NBC News, "Draining Arizona: Residents say corporate mega-farms are drying up their wells," 17 Sep. 2019 Advance ticket purchase is required for a donation of $75; proceeds support Carlsbad libraries. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senior center recognizes residents older than 90," 16 Sep. 2019 The electronics employee immediately alerted store security personnel, who tailed Buckmeyer through the store, ultimately watching him make a purchase and pulling his identify from his credit card, according to the court papers. oregonlive, "Target employee tanked innocent man’s reputation with false story of seeing naked girls on his iPhone, $1M lawsuit says," 6 Sep. 2019 Amazon is reportedly testing out hand-scanning technology to allow customers to make purchases at Whole Foods in the future. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Why Amazon Wants to Scan Your Hands," 4 Sep. 2019 Financial advisers encourage buyers of retirement age to make a property purchase only after considering the ramifications for their overall financial plans. courant.com, "Smart Moves: Homebuying tips for retirees," 3 Sep. 2019 There’s also no guest checkout option, forcing shoppers to create an account to make a purchase. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty site uses a shady trick to sign up more members," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Purchase.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchased. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for purchase

purchase

verb
How to pronounce purchase (audio)

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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