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

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

Living in Orange County: 21 years in Southern California; recently purchased a home in Long Beach. Sherry Stern, Orange County Register, "Behind the Curtain: Emerging leaders in OC arts and culture," 10 Sep. 2019 The only good thing about the idea of America purchasing Greenland would be O’Brien naming himself the late-night host of Greenland. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Conan O'Brien goes to Greenland to find out what people think of America," 4 Sep. 2019 The funding also will help 80 low-income people and seniors with the cost of purchasing a Chromebook after completing 15 hours of free computer training. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Revere school expands access to immigrants, refugees," 3 Sep. 2019 The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Albala is accused of purchasing child pornography via the microblogging website Tumblr in September and October of last year. Fox News, "Florida police officer arrested on child pornography charges," 1 Sep. 2019 An index of purchasing managers’ activity registered a decline in August. The Economist, "Parts of America may already be facing recession," 31 Aug. 2019 Uncertified signal boosters are sold on other websites, but Amazon is by far the largest ecommerce platform where US consumers can purchase them. Wired, "Unlicensed Signal Boosters Get a Boost From Amazon," 30 Aug. 2019 Hunters in Alabama will soon have the option of purchasing a collectible license. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama offering hunters collectible licenses this year," 27 Aug. 2019 Michael Byers, an Arctic expert at the University of British Columbia, suggests there are better approaches for Washington than the politically awkward suggestion of purchasing Greenland. Anchorage Daily News, "World powers increasingly see the Arctic as a hot property," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the trade dispute between China and the U.S. escalated last year, the $5 million purchase fell apart, eliminating a source of future growth. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Tariffs squeezing Colorado exporters and importers alike," 12 Sep. 2019 The company's most recent mega purchase, of SABMiller, increased its debt to $102.5 billion in 2018. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "The world's biggest brewer may resurrect its massive Hong Kong IPO," 12 Sep. 2019 Any further agricultural purchases are yet to be made and the volumes are still undecided, the people said. Fortune, "The U.S. and China Are Easing Back on Trade War Tariffs as Talks Near," 12 Sep. 2019 Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at $25. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 The prosecutor said in court paperwork that Soper was part of Madeira’s purchase procedure because the treasurer verified that funds to be paid Hard Warehouse Technologies were available and co-signed the checks with Moeller. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Madeira treasurer accused of conflict of interest resigns after conviction," 11 Sep. 2019 That subscription provides access to over 100 games across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, Apple says, all of which feature no ads or in-app purchases and are all playable offline with a single subscription. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Apple Arcade subscription offers 100+ games for $4.99/month on Sept. 19 [Updated]," 10 Sep. 2019 Those who participate in a test drive, will have the chance to win one of 25 $1,000 rebates to offset the purchase or lease price for a new, fully electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 14-22," 10 Sep. 2019 Apple Arcade, available September 19, will offer over 100 games to play, all without ads or in-app purchases. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Here's Everything Apple Announced Today, From New iPhones to its Netflix Competitor," 10 Sep. 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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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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