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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb NetJets last week reported a 61 percent increase in Blue Skies enrollment, which allows members to purchase annual offset credits for their specific aircraft. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "In a Push to Sustainability, Private Aviation Embraces Carbon-Offset Programs and Low-Emission Fuel," 29 Apr. 2021 Wealth security policies are something that independent directors can purchase on their own to protect themselves. Priya Cherian Huskins, Forbes, "Extra Liability Coverage For Independent Directors--What Are My Options?," 28 Apr. 2021 Biden also committed to having the US purchase hundreds of millions more coronavirus vaccine doses throughout his first months in office. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Biden's first 100 days: What he's gotten done," 28 Apr. 2021 Those people also aren't eligible for federal assistance to purchase private coverage through Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, "California mulls letting adults add parents to health plans," 28 Apr. 2021 Senate Bill 21-123 builds on legislation passed in 2019 that created the state’s prescription drug importation program with Canada by allowing the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to purchase drugs from other countries. Robert Davis, Washington Examiner, "Colorado prescription drug importation bill signed into law," 27 Apr. 2021 Shaoul is hopeful that the gift card will interest locals who might otherwise purchase gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks or other out-of-state, national chains, helping to redirect spending toward local Portland companies. oregonlive, "Business group, local app developer plan gift card that can be spent at small businesses throughout Portland," 27 Apr. 2021 Guests who purchase infield-only tickets must enter Churchill Downs through the Infield Gate at Central Avenue and Fourth Street. Emma Austin, USA TODAY, "Kentucky Derby 2021: Everything you need to know about the 147th Run for the Roses," 26 Apr. 2021 The foundation that made AHS’s purchase possible nearly 50 years ago also has voiced opposition to the sale. Washington Post, "American Horticultural Society board rift could complicate proposed sale of historic River Farm," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Cambridge trust also has a program that offers financial assistance to first-time homebuyers, sometimes up to half the purchase price of the home. Hannah K. Sparling, The Enquirer, "Issue 3: How do other cities run their affordable housing trust funds?," 29 Apr. 2021 Noa Banayan, federal affairs manager at advocacy group PeopleForBikes, points out that the purchase price cap hits a sweet spot. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "It’s Time for a Federal E-Bike Tax Credit," 28 Apr. 2021 That has driven up the average purchase price of a new vehicle to about $40,000. Ann Carrns New York Times, Star Tribune, "The race is on to buy new cars, and prices are going up," 25 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the two-year trailing average purchase-price multiple reached a record 12.8 times Ebitda in 2020, compared with 9.4 times in 2007. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firms Regain Taste for Giant Buyouts," 21 Apr. 2021 Those platforms already have software that calculates and adds sales tax to the purchase price based on where the buyer lives. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "What you should know about Florida’s new online sales tax law," 20 Apr. 2021 The slave trade was almost never simply a matter of a slaveholder selling enslaved people to a slave trader who took them somewhere else, sold them to another slaveholder, and pocketed the difference between the purchase price and the sales price. Joshua D. Rothman, Time, "America's Interstate Slave Trade Once Trafficked Nearly 30,000 People a Year—And Reshaped the Country's Economy," 20 Apr. 2021 After sitting idle for two years, the one-million-square-foot greenhouse was sold last year for about one-third of its original purchase price of 26 million Canadian dollars, or $20.75 million. New York Times, "After ‘Green Rush,’ Canada’s Legal Pot Suppliers Are Stumbling," 18 Apr. 2021 While the salespeople are low-key and the car’s purchase price is fixed, be ready for upsells such as extended warranties and prepaid maintenance plans. cleveland, "Can you still buy a used rental car at a bargain?," 17 Apr. 2021

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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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“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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