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 An additional $7,500 is usually covered by CarmelFest Spark Buttons, which people can purchase. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Carmel plans to make 3 firework shows an annual tradition. Here's what that could cost.," 13 July 2020 There are signs that everyday traders are going bonkers for equity options, which offer a cheap way for traders to bet on a stock going up or down in price without having to actually purchase the shares. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Robinhood is making far more money from the options boom than from stocks," 12 July 2020 Combined with a separate event earlier in the week in which fans could purchase cardboard cutouts with their picture in the stands, Rising FC is attempting to give players some sort of company on the pitch this weekend. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising FC fans get involved without attending matches in sign drop-off event," 11 July 2020 The first part of the former vice president's proposal is a $400 billion investment by the federal government to purchase American products such as cement, concrete, steel, and other materials to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Fox News, "Biden pushes populist 'made in America' plan to pump up economy," 10 July 2020 The fundraiser website says the group had a goal to purchase four weeks of billboard space with the message. Chanel Stitt, USA TODAY, "Michigan drivers met with startling billboard message: 'Driving while Black? Racial profiling just ahead'," 8 July 2020 While the online event will not feature the typical food and craft booths, the website will include access to the websites of artisans and the ability to purchase fair clothing. oregonlive, "Oregon Country Fair to offer virtual 3D experience while festival is canceled for coronavirus," 7 July 2020 In New York City, signed contracts to purchase a condo in June were down 74% from last year, according to a report from brokerage firm Douglas Elliman and appraiser Miller Samuel. Anna Bahney, CNN, "For these buyers, second homes are much more than vacation spots," 7 July 2020 The fundraiser website says the group had a goal to purchase four weeks of billboard space with the message. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Billboard: 'Driving while Black? Racial profiling just ahead. Welcome to Livonia.'," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The witness advised a black male wearing a brown hat, grey shirt, and khaki pants walked past all points of purchase with a basket full of beer. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 13 July 2020 The practice of splitting stocks has been done away with, leaving many average investors to come up with more cash to make a purchase. Washington Post, "Shares by the slice: Fractional investing sparks a stock market stampede," 10 July 2020 Dinner must be scheduled within 1 year of purchase. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Everything But The House to auction off unique arts experiences," 9 July 2020 People who purchased tickets to attend this year’s ceremony will receive automatic refunds at their point of purchase. cleveland, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony canceled; 2021 inductions to take place in Cleveland," 8 July 2020 Refunds for Sam Hunt are available at the original point of purchase. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest confirms 2021 dates for Dave Matthews, Halsey, other headliners," 23 June 2020 My Black Receipt urge you to upload proof of purchase to a real-time counter online. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Juneteenth: If you buy from a Black-owned business, Yelp wants you to upload your receipt," 20 June 2020 Buyers will learn within seven days of purchase if their request has been approved or declined. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Jeremy Piven charging just $15k for a 10-minute Zoom call on Cameo," 16 June 2020 These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Al.com, al, "Company recalls nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef sold nationwide," 14 June 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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Last Updated

23 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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