- to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent; buy.
- to acquire by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.
- to influence by a bribe.
- to be sufficient to buy: Twenty dollars purchases a subscription.
- Law. to acquire (land or other property) by means other than inheritance.
- to move, haul, or raise, especially by applying mechanical power.
- to get a leverage on; apply a lever, pulley, or other aid to.
- Obsolete. to procure, acquire, or obtain.
- to buy something.
- acquisition by the payment of money or its equivalent; buying, or a single act of buying.
- something that is purchased or bought.
- something purchased, with respect to value in relation to price; buy: At three for a dollar they seemed like a good purchase.
- Law. the acquisition of land or other property by means other than inheritance.
- acquisition by means of effort, labor, etc.: the purchase of comfort at the price of freedom.
- a lever, pulley, or other device that provides mechanical advantage or power for moving or raising a heavy object.
- an effective hold or position for applying power in moving or raising a heavy object; leverage.
- any means of applying or increasing power, influence, etc.
- the annual return or rent from land.
- a firm grip or grasp, footing, etc., on something.
- Obsolete. booty.
Origin of purchase
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Examples from the Web for purchase
They were able to purchase weapons and plot attacks on the island without much interference.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
When my husband and I asked to see the report, we were told we could purchase the report for $30,000 from the defense.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Which is why in 1961, the distillery finally decided to purchase the estate and its adjoining home.Ester Elchies, The Estate Built By Whiskey
December 10, 2014
Customers can purchase cold beer at full price or warm bottles of beer at retail prices to take home.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
A limited number of medical patients will be able to purchase “Chunky Diesel” or “Alien Dawg” for just $100.Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’
November 28, 2014
I suspect that she was the means of influencing so large a purchase.Brave and Bold
But she cannot surely be so mean as to purchase her peace with them at so dear a rate.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He had made up his mind to put an end to the purchase of commissions in the army.
The purchase of official positions in the army was thus abolished.
What precautions should be taken in the purchase of shell fish?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
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- to obtain (goods, etc) by payment
- to obtain by effort, sacrifice, etcto purchase one's freedom
- to draw, haul, or lift (a load) with the aid of mechanical apparatus
- to acquire (an estate) other than by inheritance
- something that is purchased, esp an article bought with money
- the act of buying
- acquisition of an estate by any lawful means other than inheritance
- a rough measure of the mechanical advantage achieved by a lever
- a firm foothold, grasp, etc, as for climbing or levering something
- a means of achieving some influence, advantage, etc
Word Origin and History for purchase
c.1300, "acquire, obtain; get, receive; procure, provide," also "accomplish or bring about; instigate; cause, contrive, plot; recruit, hire," from Anglo-French purchaser "go after," Old French porchacier "search for, procure; purchase; aim at, strive for, pursue eagerly" (11c., Modern French pourchasser), from pur- "forth" (possibly used here as an intensive prefix; see pur-) + Old French chacier "run after, to hunt, chase" (see chase (v.)).
Originally to obtain or receive as due in any way, including through merit or suffering; specific sense of "acquire for money, pay money for, buy" is from mid-14c., though the word continued to be used for "to get by conquest in war, obtain as booty" up to 17c. Related: Purchased; purchasing.
c.1300, purchas, "acquisition, gain;" also, "something acquired or received, a possession; property, goods;" especially "booty, spoil; goods gained by pillage or robbery" (to make purchase was "to seize by robbery"). Also "mercenary soldier, one who fights for booty." From Anglo-French purchace, Old French porchaz "acquisition, gain, profit; seizing, plunder; search pursuit, effort," from Anglo-French purchaser, Old French porchacier (see purchase (v.)).
From early 14c. as "endeavor, effort, exertion; instigation, contrivance;" late 14c. as "act of acquiring, procurement." Meaning "that which is bought" is from 1580s. The sense of "hold or position for advantageously applying power" (1711) is extended from the nautical verb meaning "to haul or draw (especially by mechanical power)," often used in reference to hauling up anchors, attested from 1560s. Wif of purchase (early 14c.) was a term for "concubine."