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

Derek started the campaign in May. As of July 17, the campaign had raised $15,108 — just shy of the $16,000 goal to purchase the bike, a trailer and defray the fees incurred from GoFundMe. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A former Waukesha teacher who lost his leg will be able to ride a bike again thanks to a GoFundMe campaign," 17 July 2019 President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the S-400 purchase means Turkey will not be allowed to purchase any F-35 planes. Washington Post, "US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program," 17 July 2019 Negotiations are ongoing for Netflix to purchase the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from the American Cinematheque, which also runs the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Los Angeles Times, "Will the Alamo Drafthouse L.A. be the last stand for movie theaters?," 17 July 2019 The pieces are available to purchase and prices can be negotiated with each artist, according to its website. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky-made art in Louisville: Here are more than a dozen places to find it," 17 July 2019 The Arsenal away kit is available to purchase at the Arsenal club and online store, the adidas online shop (http://adidas.co.uk/football-arsenal) as well as selected adidas stores, retailers and fashion stores. SI.com, "Arsenal Away Kit 2019/20: Gunners Launch 'Bruised Banana' Strip in Throwback to Iconic 90s Jersey," 16 July 2019 The council discussed the item briefly before approving the nearly $5,000 to purchase the five boulders, but not including the sign in the changes. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Shenandoah notes: Residents, council irritated about ‘rogue’ signs," 16 July 2019 Residents wishing to dispose of items would have to purchase $2 stickers and attach a specific numbers of stickers to those items. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Curbside Pickup Question Heads To Ballot," 15 July 2019 As Allure explains, the makeup will officially ship in September, and consumers will also be able to purchase their fave goodies through the beauty brand's official website. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Launched Her Haus Laboratories Makeup Line on Amazon for Amazon Prime Day 2019," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But don't sweat it (literally): Rent the Runway actually just launched its online sample sale on Thursday, and there are so many fun dresses available for purchase at up to 80 percent off retail. Glamour, "Rent the Runway Is Having a Massive Sale—and the Best Dresses Are Under $100," 18 July 2019 One of his debit cards was used to make a purchase at a Bed Bath & Beyond in Studio City. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Crime Report: Witness sees shoplifters running from store, follows their getaway car," 17 July 2019 Tickets can be purchased online at www.vokesplayers.org or reserved for purchase at the theater by calling the box office at 508-358-4034. Corey Dockser, BostonGlobe.com, "Armenian dances, kite flying, and the moon landing," 17 July 2019 Tickets are $19 to $25 and are available for purchase at www.cheneyhall.org or by calling the LTM box office at 860-647-9824. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 17 July 2019 Tickets start at $1,000 and are available for purchase at www.thefarrahfawcettfoundation.org. Alexandra Del Rosario, The Hollywood Reporter, "Farrah Fawcett Foundation to Honor Marcia Cross at Tex-Mex Benefit Dinner," 16 July 2019 The digital covers are available for purchase at the Sports Illustrated cover store for $19.95 each. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "‘Sports Illustrated’ offers digital covers of Rose Lavelle, USWNT stars," 13 July 2019 Thousands more store closings could be on the way in the coming years as online shopping replaces purchases at physical stores. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Charming Charlie is closing all of its stores," 12 July 2019 Thousands more store closings could be on the way in the coming years as online shopping replaces purchases at physical stores. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Charming Charlie is closing all of its stores," 12 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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The first known use of purchase was in the 14th century

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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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