- bougainville, louis antoine de,
- bouguer anomaly,
- bouguer correction
verb (used with object), bought, buy·ing.
- to accept or believe: I don't buy that explanation.
- to be deceived by: He bought the whole story.
verb (used without object), bought, buy·ing.
- to buy a supply of; accumulate a stock of.
- to buy back one's own possession at an auction.
- to undertake a buy-in.
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?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Along the way, Brinsley turned into a drug store, but it is not clear whether he bought anything.
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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When a top Mobutu confidant named Colonel Alphonse Bangala purchased the island, Lometcha bought shares.
On Oct. 7, I bought my ticket to Kiev 45 minutes before my flight.
He bought groceries of a hardware dealer named Davidson, at Albany, that town whence came Mr. Weed's clerk.North America, Volume II (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
Bought by the Squadron canteen in large barrels, it was sold at 2½ pt.
His bank is to make the loans for the association's drainage, and he has bought a big tract of land in this district.The Hallowell Partnership|Katharine Holland Brown
There was no reason for such limitation in the case of a slave that had been bought with one's private money.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff
We bought here some very pretty little toys for children, made of small coloured beads.Travels in France during the years 1814-1815|Archibald Alison
verb buys, buying or bought (mainly tr)
Word Origin for buy
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.).
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