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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For details about the Salt City Wine & Dine Event, please visit saltcitywineanddine.com or click here to purchase tickets. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 June 2022 For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the fest's eventbrite page, bit.ly/3OHG1Tx, its Facebook page, bit.ly/mkewinefestfb, or its website, uncorkedwinefestivals.com. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2022 Khloé's Good American brand, known for featuring inclusive sizing, then became available to purchase through Anthropologie in early June. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 27 June 2022 The letter calls for new laws requiring universal background checks for gun purchases, increasing the age to purchase assault weapons in Texas to 21, and implementing red flag laws to identify threats before shootings. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 21 June 2022 Justin Blau, known by his artist title 3LAU, is one of the earliest adopters of music NFTs by allowing his fans the opportunity to purchase music in this format and by doing so, may receive a small percentage of royalties going forward. Greg Reid, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2022 Any companies or volunteers interested, and all those who wish to purchase tickets, should go to eatdetroit.info. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 19 June 2022 Spectators hoping to watch the action live can still purchase tickets for the show online. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 18 June 2022 Guests can use the promo code DQSTKY22 to purchase special events tickets on the Kentucky Kingdom website. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In this case, the affiliate will drop a third-party cookie on the visitor’s browser, without consent, allowing the affiliate to collect a commission if that visitor ends up making a purchase on another site. Guy Tytunovich, Forbes, 24 June 2022 There will also be a version of the Daemon figure holding a dragon egg for purchase exclusively on Funko.com. Nick Romano, EW.com, 22 June 2022 Alcoholic beverages and additional snacks are available for purchase on the flight. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 21 June 2022 Until last week, the speed loader was available for purchase on the e-commerce platform, with free shipping from Shanghai. Brian Contrerasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 The collection is available for purchase on Wales Bonner’s site. Laia Garcia-furtado, Vogue, 8 June 2022 Whitmer's 2023 budget, still working its way through the Legislature, would provide a $2,000 rebate for the purchase of an electric vehicle on top of the $7,500 federal credit and a $500 rebate for at-home charging infrastructure. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2022 Get a free donut with any beverage purchase on Friday, June 3rd. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 3 June 2022 The low-profile sport sandal boasts a non-marking, higher-tracking TPU outsole that'll find confident purchase on all terrain, from sand to pavement to a rocky dirt trail. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2022 See More

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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

30 Jun 2022

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“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 2 Jul. 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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