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Idioms about buy

    buy it, Slang. to get killed: He bought it at Dunkirk.

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

synonym study for buy

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM buy

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH buy

buy , by, bye
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How to use buy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for buy

buy
/ (baɪ) /

verb buys, buying or bought (mainly tr)
noun
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

usage for 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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