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 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 Sorzano, who is in the process of moving to Huntersville, North Carolina, used the set of lucky numbers from the fortune cookie to purchase a North Carolina Powerball lottery ticket. Khadean Coombs, CNN, "Man wins $500,000 Powerball prize with fortune cookie numbers," 28 Feb. 2021 Three fixes are to purchase shorter shepherd's hooks, only hang lightweight items from the hooks, or consider cementing the shepherd's hooks into the ground. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best shepherd’s hook," 28 Feb. 2021 Many Texas residents quickly went to their home improvement retailers to purchase portable generators before or during the storm. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When 4.3 million Texans lost power, here's how a Wauwatosa-based company quickly got generators out there," 27 Feb. 2021 The company is under contract to purchase the property, which the town appraised in 2016 at $2,156,900. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester hotel proposed for conversion to apartment complex with pool, gym, easy highway access," 27 Feb. 2021 With this funding option, a parent or grandparent provides the funds necessary to purchase a home outright, thereby lowering the monthly costs often associated with a conventional mortgage. Peter Lazaroff, Forbes, "Should You Refinance Your Mortgage Before Rates Go Higher?," 27 Feb. 2021 Opposition parties and human rights workers denounced Bukele for dispatching federal troops on Feb. 9, 2020, to the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly to create pressure to approve a loan to purchase new security equipment. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, "President Nayib Bukele seeks control of Salvadoran congress, which could further erode democracy," 26 Feb. 2021 The money would be used to reduce class sizes and modify classrooms to enhance social distancing, install ventilation systems and purchase personal protective equipment. Kevin Freking, ajc, "Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress," 26 Feb. 2021 The money would be used to reduce class sizes and modify classrooms to enhance social distancing, install ventilation systems and purchase personal protective equipment. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, "Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The city is seeking input on this program, which aims to help Black people who lived in Evanston between 1919 and 1969 or their direct descendants with a home purchase, property upgrades or mortgage payment. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Soul of a Nation’ program highlights Evanston’s racial reparations plan," 1 Mar. 2021 The company reports that merchants which offer its QR contactless payment options are seeing double-digit increases in average basket size and a 19% increase in total purchase value (TPV) from customers using its QR codes. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, "PayPal Is Moving Aggressively To In-Store Contactless Payments Tapping A $19B Opportunity," 1 Mar. 2021 Not so much among consumers, who know their individual needs and strive to make purchase decisions that satisfy them. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "The Electric-Vehicle Campaign Comes to Minnesota," 1 Mar. 2021 In 2020, the firm took an $11 billion write-down related to the company’s purchase of Precision Castparts in 2016. Geoffrey Rogow, WSJ, "Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Sees Profit Rise 23%," 27 Feb. 2021 Spielberg, the $1-million purchase in the Bob Baffert barn, ran a strong second after a terrible break out of the gate. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Some great performances on the Derby trail," 27 Feb. 2021 The expenses range from a $250 million bulk purchase of PPE to $51,000 to pay for sign language interpreters during Lamont’s COVID-19 press briefings. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Connecticut has spent more than $2B responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look at where the money went.," 26 Feb. 2021 Winter Park is spending $750,000 to buy a land parcel on West Fairbanks — a crucial purchase for its plan to ease traffic along the busy corridor. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park strikes $750K property deal for plan to ease West Fairbanks traffic," 26 Feb. 2021 Costs: One-item dinner, $12 (additional items $4 each with dinner purchase). Marc Bona, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland fish fry guide 2021: What’s offered 2nd week of Lent," 26 Feb. 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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“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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