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
Antonyms for buy
Related Words for boughtacquired
Examples from the Web for bought
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of bought
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
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.).
see under buy.