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 Some of Screw Factory’s artists also have online shops where their work is available to purchase without stopping by their studios. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Cleveland Holiday Market guide: 21 ways to shop local in 2020," 18 Nov. 2020 This is likely not a good day to purchase something for visual appeal. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 18, 2020: Leo, you may be lonely in a crowd; Virgo embrace new ideas," 18 Nov. 2020 These rapid tests already are being used by states and nursing homes, but because the federal government has purchased all the tests so far, none are yet available for consumers to purchase. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "FDA approves first home COVID test: Here's why most Americans won't get it before next spring," 18 Nov. 2020 Rizzo sent out menu ideas and what wines to purchase ahead of the party. Matt Villano, CNN, "5 tips for hosting a virtual holiday party," 18 Nov. 2020 These watches create a splash, so new clients want to purchase them, but since so few are produced, those available are typically reserved for existing clients. Kristen Shirley, Bloomberg.com, "Chopard and Wempe Offer a Truly Limited Co-Branded Watch," 17 Nov. 2020 No tax dollars are used to purchase pantry items and the township relies solely on monetary and food donations. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Libertyville women’s shelters providing Thanksgiving meals with goodwill of local donations," 17 Nov. 2020 Prime users can also use their health savings account to purchase prescriptions. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Amazon opens online pharmacy, offering Prime users free delivery for prescriptions," 17 Nov. 2020 Roughly 60% of consumers plan to purchase holiday items online this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Want to shop on Thanksgiving? You might be out of luck. Here's what's closed in Louisville," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All Carmichael's locations offer curbside pickup, free home delivery with minimum purchase and free gift wrapping through the holidays. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local: 5 unique kid-friendly gift ideas from Louisville stores for the holiday season," 13 Nov. 2020 As part of the reorganization, the two companies have a two-year exclusive purchase and supply agreement. Matt Egan, CNN, "Solar CEO is relieved the next president isn't a climate denier," 13 Nov. 2020 During Tuesday’s meeting, council also approved the expenditure of $37,500 for the purchase and installation of a new fence at the community park’s diamond number one, its main hardball field. cleveland, "Highland Heights uses CARES Act money to make safer visits to city hall, community center," 12 Nov. 2020 Asking for an $87 million bond so the district can build new classrooms, renovate existing facilities, purchase student laptops and upgrade buses. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa County voters consider school bonds and overrides," 3 Nov. 2020 Wendy's: Through Nov. 8, Wendy's is giving away its new Classic Chicken Sandwich with any purchase and an offer in its app. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Election Day deals: Get a free Krispy Kreme donut, Planet Fitness workout plus a McDonald's freebie Tuesday," 1 Nov. 2020 Vendors will also have hot food for purchase and local Scouts will be selling Girl Scouts cookies. Susan Soldavin, baltimoresun.com, "Middle school teacher fulfills long-held dream to make Clarksville rock," 29 Oct. 2020 Court documents say Pitman, a 32-year-old resident of South Lebanon, solicited a Meigs County man to invest in several businesses involved in the purchase and development of website domains. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Warren County man to be sentenced in $1 million website domains fraud," 26 Oct. 2020 Now, with that video from the yard sign purchase and other clues, agents would soon have an image of the bomber. CBS News, ""The FBI Declassified": To catch a serial bomber," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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