- simple past tense and past participle of buy.
- South Midland and Southern U.S. store-bought.
- to acquire the possession of, or the right to, by paying or promising to pay an equivalent, especially in money; purchase.
- to acquire by exchange or concession: to buy favor with flattery.
- to hire or obtain the services of: The Yankees bought a new center fielder.
- to bribe: Most public officials cannot be bought.
- to be the monetary or purchasing equivalent of: Ten dollars buys less than it used to.
- Chiefly Theology. to redeem; ransom.
- Cards. to draw or be dealt (a card): He bought an ace.
- to accept or believe: I don't buy that explanation.
- to be deceived by: He bought the whole story.
- to be or become a purchaser.
- an act or instance of buying.
- something bought or to be bought; purchase: That coat was a sensible buy.
- a bargain: The couch was a real buy.
- buy down, to lower or reduce (the mortgage interest rate) by means of a buy-down.
- buy in,
- to buy a supply of; accumulate a stock of.
- to buy back one's own possession at an auction.
- to undertake a buy-in.
- buy into, to purchase a share, interest, or membership in: They tried to buy into the club but were not accepted.
- buy off, to get rid of (a claim, opposition, etc.) by payment; purchase the noninterference of; bribe: The corrupt official bought off those who might expose him.
- buy out, to secure all of (an owner or partner's) share or interest in an enterprise: She bought out an established pharmacist and is doing very well.
- buy up, to buy as much as one can of something or as much as is offered for sale: He bought up the last of the strawberries at the fruit market.
- buy it, Slang. to get killed: He bought it at Dunkirk.
Origin of buy
Examples from the Web for bought
Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
Along the way, Brinsley turned into a drug store, but it is not clear whether he bought anything.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
In fact, I wrote 212 pages of a novel called The Discovery of Sex that was bought, and I pulled it.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
When a top Mobutu confidant named Colonel Alphonse Bangala purchased the island, Lometcha bought shares.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
On Oct. 7, I bought my ticket to Kiev 45 minutes before my flight.Russians Plot Exiled Government in Kiev
December 16, 2014
Eudora was a mere infant when Phidias bought her of a poor goatherd in Phelle.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He had bought the wonderful beasts, greatly envied by all his neighbors.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
That was just after Mr. Hichens had bought the house and wanted to come into it.
Mrs. Hancock had given it her; but Mr. Hancock must have bought it.
Where is the bit of new rope, Cathleen, was bought in Connemara?Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
- the past tense and past participle of buy
- purchased from a shop; not homemade
- to acquire by paying or promising to pay a sum of money or the equivalent; purchase
- to be capable of purchasingmoney can't buy love
- to acquire by any exchange or sacrificeto buy time by equivocation
- (intr) to act as a buyer
- to bribe or corrupt; hire by or as by bribery
- slang to accept as true, practical, etc
- (intr foll by into) to purchase shares of (a company)we bought into General Motors
- (tr) theol (esp of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian)
- have bought it slang to be killed
- a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)
Word Origin and History for bought
past tense and past participle of buy (v.).
Old English bycgan (past tense bohte) "to buy, pay for, acquire; redeem, ransom; procure; get done," from Proto-Germanic *bugjanan (cf. Old Saxon buggjan, Old Norse byggja, Gothic bugjan), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.
The surviving spelling is southwest England dialect; the word was generally pronounced in Old English and Middle English with a -dg- sound as "budge," or "bidge." Meaning "believe, accept as true" first recorded 1926. Related: Bought; buying. To buy time "prevent further deterioration but make no improvement" is attested from 1946.
"a purchase," especially a worthwhile one, 1879, American English, from buy (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with bought
see under buy.