[ bawt ]
/ bɔt /


simple past tense and past participle of buy.


South Midland and Southern U.S. store-bought.

Nearby words

  1. bougainville, louis antoine de,
  2. bougainvillea,
  3. bough,
  4. boughed,
  5. boughpot,
  6. boughten,
  7. bougie,
  8. bougienage,
  9. bouguer anomaly,
  10. bouguer correction

Related formsun·bought, adjectivewell-bought, adjective

Origin of buy

before 1000; Middle English byen, variant of byggen, buggen, Old English bycgan; cognate with Old Saxon buggjan, Gothic bugjan to buy, Old Norse byggja to lend, rent

Related forms
Can be confusedbuy by bye

Synonym study

1. Buy, purchase imply obtaining or acquiring property or goods for a price. Buy is the common and informal word, applying to any such transaction: to buy a house, vegetables at the market. Purchase is more formal and may connote buying on a larger scale, in a finer store, and the like: to purchase a year's supplies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bought


/ (bɔːt) /


the past tense and past participle of buy


purchased from a shop; not homemade


/ (baɪ) /

verb buys, buying or bought (mainly tr)


a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)

Word Origin for buy

Old English bycgan; related to Old Norse byggja to let out, lend, Gothic bugjan to buy


The use of off after buy as in I bought this off my neighbour was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts

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Word Origin and History for bought
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Idioms and Phrases with bought


see under buy.

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