purchase

verb
pur·​chase | \ ˈpər-chəs How to pronounce purchase (audio) \
purchased; purchasing

Essential Meaning of purchase

formal : to buy (property, goods, etc.) : to get (something) by paying money for it purchase a house He purchased a new suit for a hundred dollars. Souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop. = You can purchase souvenirs at the gift shop.

Full 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

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 Stop by Logan Street Market on Nov. 27 and pick up a free Bingo card and purchase one item from each of the nine squares from vendors throughout the market. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 20 Nov. 2021 The drinks are served in holiday-theme glassware that customers can purchase. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Nov. 2021 Guests can bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages or purchase a package from Lock 3. Megan Becka, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2021 More meaningfully, purchases of new EVs were exempted from hefty taxes—including VAT and purchase tax—meaning a new Volkswagen e-Golf cost €790 ($893) less than a VW Golf with a combustion engine. Morgan Meaker, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 There are those of us who don’t purchase these products. Mina Seçkin, refinery29.com, 17 Nov. 2021 The Millennial baby boom will make parents purchase diapers, cribs, clothes and toys. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Customers who purchase a new Apple device are eligible to receive three months of Apple Arcade for free. Todd Spangler, Variety, 15 Nov. 2021 Discounts will be given to those who purchase single-day tickets through the Alta site. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For more information, visit broadrippleindy.org/small-business-saturday Artifacts: Get 10% off any purchase over $25. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Nov. 2021 The program will transform the team’s 2021 NBA Championship Court into collectibles for gifting, giveaway, and retail purchase. Kaylee Staral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2021 Advance purchase is recommended, as seating is limited. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2021 These are tests that are available for purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy. Katia Hetter, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 The Mariah Menu includes 12 days of free deals with a $1 minimum purchase on the mobile app. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 The purchase index rose 2 percent, but the refinance index dropped 5 percent. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Deliveries should start in November 2022, according to the company, and the Ocean will be available for purchase or lease via a direct-sales model; reservations are now open. Fisker, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2021 The Tuscan-style villa with views of Biscayne Bay went on sale Wednesday for $31.75 million — a whopping markup from the purchase two decades ago from the pop star for $7.5 million. NBC News, 18 Nov. 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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Last Updated

21 Nov 2021

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“Purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purchase. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for purchase

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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