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.
- buxtehude, dietrich,
- buy a pig in a poke,
- buy boat,
- buy in,
- buy into,
- buy it
Origin of buy
verb buys, buying or bought (mainly tr)
Word Origin for buy
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.).
Suffer a severe reversal, as in If they can't raise the money in time, they'll buy it. [Slang; mid-1900s]
Be killed; die. For example, By the time we could get to the hospital, he had bought it. Originating during World War I as military slang, this term later was extended to peacetime forms of death. A later slang equivalent is buy the farm, dating from about 1950. For example, He'll soon buy the farm riding that motorcycle. According to J.E. Lighter, it alludes to training flights crashing in a farmer's field, causing the farmer to sue the government for damages sufficient to pay off the farm's mortgage. Since the pilot usually died in such a crash, he in effect bought the farm with his life.
Believe it; see buy something.