- 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 purchased
People will always scratch and save if a sudden burst of unrestrained pleasure can be purchased.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 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
But a recently purchased automated bottling line has increased their output to sixty cases per hour.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Saban also lamented the fact that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post.Would Pro-Israel Billionaires Adelson and Saban Really Buy the NYT?
November 9, 2014
“We have guests run away all the time,” says manager Lee-Ann Wilber, who purchased the house 11 years ago.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
It was five minutes to four when she purchased her ticket to New York.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Proper attention should be given to them after they are purchased, too.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
There it was, all set forth in the programme he had just purchased.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
But this immortality will have been purchased at the price of his immortal part.Casanova's Homecoming
But after she had purchased all of youth which age can purchase for money, it would not do.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- 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 purchased
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."