purchase

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

Definition of purchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a archaic : gain, acquire
b : to acquire (real estate) by means other than descent
c : to obtain by paying money or its equivalent : buy
d : to obtain by labor, danger, or sacrifice
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) : a mechanical hold or advantage applied to the raising or moving of heavy bodies
(2) : an apparatus or device by which advantage is gained
b(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

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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

Brazil’s food exports have been rising thanks to insatiable demand for meat in China, where soybeans grown in Brazil are purchased for use as animal food. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Satellites show Brazil’s deforestation has only gotten worse since Bolsonaro took office," 14 Aug. 2019 Officer Ramon Duran, who also worked alongside Moye, said the couple had recently purchased a home in the area. Los Angeles Times, "Riverside shootout between cop doing his ‘dream job’ and troubled felon ends in heartbreak," 14 Aug. 2019 Amazon Studios, which purchased the documentary out of Sundance, is investing heavily in its theatrical release in hopes of garnering Oscar recognition. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Documentaries Stand Out at the Box Office During a Summer of Sequels," 14 Aug. 2019 For every drink purchased, Aberfeldy will donate 12 bees to hives at local bee conservancies, such as Harmony Hollow in North Texas. Dallas News, "HG Sply's buzzy new drink is delicious, and supports local beekeepers," 14 Aug. 2019 RHP Adonis Rosa had his contract purchased from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and the Yankees played with a 10-man bullpen. Larry Fleisher, courant.com, "German becomes majors first 16-game winner as Yanks beat O’s," 14 Aug. 2019 There remain issues, however, as the Mail report notes that Barcelona do not want to include Semedo, while Rakitic is not keen on leaving after recently purchasing a new home. SI.com, "Neymar Latest: Barcelona Prepare New Offer as Report Claims Saga Will Be 'Resolved' in 48 Hrs," 14 Aug. 2019 By mid-April, an exuberant Bouchard was standing at the New York Stock Exchange, announcing that the Russian company had purchased a 40% stake in the Ashland plant for $200 million. Simon Shuster/london, Time, "A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky. Were They After More Than Money?," 13 Aug. 2019 Mike Judge, a young aspiring director, purchased a Bolex 16 mm film and began creating his own animated shorts, and a writer-animator named John Kricfalusi began pitching the show that would become The Ren & Stimpy Show. Darryn King, Longreads, "The Young Man and the Sea Sponge," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scaleworks declined to disclose the purchase price. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio firm acquires another e-commerce company," 15 Aug. 2019 So far Alphabet has invested roughly $2 billion (including the reported $650 million purchase price in 2014). Gary Marcus, WIRED, "DeepMind's Losses and the Future of Artificial Intelligence," 14 Aug. 2019 The Consumer Reports analysis also paints a starkly different picture of potential costs for drivers, by highlighting the importance of fuel savings rather than vehicle purchase prices. Los Angeles Times, "Trump plan to ease fuel-economy rules would boost drivers’ costs, study finds," 9 Aug. 2019 The scheme aims to reduce the purchase price of EVs used for public or shared transportation, which includes rickshaws. Kartik Chandramouli, Quartz India, "How former rickshaw pullers are steering a green revolution on Indian roads," 7 Aug. 2019 Owners like the Tesars buy the building while the land is owned by the trust, lowering the potential purchase price. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Housing program provides 'exciting’ opportunities for Evanston residents," 5 Aug. 2019 What those big vehicles share in common are a higher purchase price and below-average fuel efficiency. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Metro Denver drivers ride their big SUVs the hardest," 2 Aug. 2019 This year, the purchase price for tax savings has been raised from $750 to $1,000. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Computers back on the list during Florida back-to-school sales tax holiday on Aug. 2-6," 29 July 2019 The purchase price was not disclosed, but similar models sell for about $9,000 before taxes and title costs. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Malik McDowell's dreams crashed on his ATV: 'He's not the same person'," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of purchase

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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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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