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

Definition of repurchase

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

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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

First Known Use of repurchase

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 18 Apr. 2021.

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transitive verb
re·​pur·​chase | \ ˌrē-ˈpər-chəs \
repurchased; repurchasing

Legal Definition of repurchase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to buy back repurchase shares of stock



Legal Definition of repurchase (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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