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 As part of the deal, China committed to purchasing an additional $200 billion in American exports above previous levels. Erica Werner, Washington Post, "Senate approves new USMCA trade deal with Canada and Mexico," 16 Jan. 2020 Hansen said that through the Kohl's partnership, the pantries were better able to purchase milk — an item the pantries are usually short on — and to also make adjustments to provide high-quality food. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Since 2017, Kohl's has given $750,000 a year to Milwaukee County's Hunger Task Force," 15 Jan. 2020 Right now, only 16% of Casper’s customers who have bought a product through the company’s website or stores have returned to purchase another product. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "What Casper’s IPO Prospectus Tells Us About Its Business," 13 Jan. 2020 Photos on social media showed customers lined up to purchase multiple TVs. Fox News, "French supermarket mistakenly lists wrong price for TVs, sparking chaos," 10 Jan. 2020 Other drivers will be required to purchase some no-fault medical coverage, known as personal injury protection or PIP, with their auto insurance. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "No-fault auto insurance: Michigan drivers won't learn savings until spring or summer," 10 Jan. 2020 In November, PayPal agreed to purchase Honey for an eye-popping $4 billion, its largest deal ever. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Amazon Takes a Swipe at PayPal's $4 Billion Acquisition," 9 Jan. 2020 Subrat Kar of video analytics platform Vidooly wants to purchase ready artwork. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "A Swiggy delivery run, followed by a tweet, gave an artist his day in the sun," 9 Jan. 2020 One easy way to make a set is to purchase two ice picks with buoyant wooden handles and about six feet of strong cord. Popular Science, "Everything you need to know before playing on that frozen pond," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The eyeliner will retail for $22 and be available for purchase on the brand’s website and at Sephora stores. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "'Euphoria' Enthusiasts, Rejoice! Fenty Beauty Is Releasing 20 New Eyeliners," 15 Jan. 2020 And the fashions will be available globally for purchase on Amazon.com as each episode is released. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "How Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn's 'Making the Cut' is different from 'Project Runway'," 14 Jan. 2020 Tickets are available for purchase at cincinnatisymphony.org. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "CSO to perform with 'ghost' of George Gershwin – a composer who has been dead for 82 years," 13 Jan. 2020 Not only a few things to brighten your winter garden but also someone to blame for the purchase. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Got the winter blues? Cheer up with these colorful winter-blooming plants for your garden," 10 Jan. 2020 The free event, set for March 14 at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands, will feature live performances, food and activities for children as well as vendors selling a variety of local artwork for purchase. Laraib Hashmi, Houston Chronicle, "Arts in the Park set for March in The Woodlands," 9 Jan. 2020 The purchase includes one refill ring and a power adapter. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Trash Can Seals and Changes the Trash Bag for You," 6 Jan. 2020 Fans who won't make it out to Indio can watch both weekends of Coachella online for free, with YouTube Premium members having access to a members-only allocation of passes for purchase. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Coachella Documentary Coming to YouTube to Celebrate '20 Years in the Desert'," 6 Jan. 2020 Shop the mask below and check out our other faves from the brand, which are also available for purchase now and make for great gifts for anyone, including yourself. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Tatcha's best-selling lip mask is finally back in stock," 26 Dec. 2019

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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

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Purchase.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchasing. Accessed 23 January 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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