re·​pur·​chase (ˌ)rē-ˈpər-chəs How to pronounce repurchase (audio)
repurchased; repurchasing

transitive verb

: to buy (something) back or again
… some enterprises moving workloads to the cloud won't have to repurchase software they already own.Kurt Marko
especially, of a corporation : to purchase back (shares of one's own common stock) on the open market
The company last winter repaid $405 million of debt, repurchased $202 million in common stock and predicted that sales will rise between 3 and 5 percent this year. Jeremiah McWilliams
repurchase noun
plural repurchases
… pointed to the trend of share repurchases, or stock buybacks, emerging among major companies … . As they buy back millions, if not billions, of their shares, their supply of stock grows tighter … and their shareholders usually benefit. Elizabeth Gurdus

Examples of repurchase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While cash flow trickled, American borrowed heavily for two purposes, repurchasing shares and buying new planes. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 Fast-forward a few years, and Lieff ultimately ended up repurchasing the place from his ex-wife for nearly $12 million in summer 2012. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2023 Over the past 4 quarters the company has repurchased $10 billion of shares and increased its dividend by a fifth. Laura Hurst, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2023 The Resident Evil 4 remake will also support universal purchase, which allows customers who buy it for either the iPhone 15 Pro or an iPad or MacBook equipped with an M1 chip (or later) to play it across all three devices without needing to repurchase the game. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 27 Sep. 2023 Though Baby Phat ceased operations in 2010—due mostly to Simmons’s departure from the brand, and fashion moving on from the blingy, maximalist fashion of the 2000s—the designer repurchased the brand back from an anonymous seller in 2019. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2023 The university initially purchased it in 1971 and sold it in 1991, repurchasing it as the official residence for Drake and future UC presidents. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 One possibility would be the state forming a land trust to buy properties from families who could repurchase them later. Byaudrey McAvoy, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2023 Robinhood in February announced plans to pursue repurchasing the shares that Bankman-Fried bought last year through an entity called Emergent Fidelity Technologies. WSJ, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of repurchase was in 1533

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“Repurchase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


1 of 2 transitive verb
repurchased; repurchasing
: to buy back
repurchase shares of stock


2 of 2 noun
: the act or an instance of purchasing something again or back
specifically : a corporation's buying back of some of its stock at market price (as to increase the amount of Treasury stock or as a preliminary step to going private)

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