[ bahy ]
/ baɪ /
verb (used with object), bought, buy·ing.
to acquire the possession of, or the right to, by paying or promising to pay an equivalent, especially in money; purchase.
to acquire by exchange or concession: to buy favor with flattery.
to hire or obtain the services of: The Yankees bought a new center fielder.
to bribe: Most public officials cannot be bought.
to be the monetary or purchasing equivalent of: Ten dollars buys less than it used to.
Chiefly Theology. to redeem; ransom.
Cards. to draw or be dealt (a card): He bought an ace.
- 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 be or become a purchaser.
an act or instance of buying.
something bought or to be bought; purchase: That coat was a sensible buy.
a bargain: The couch was a real buy.
buy down, to lower or reduce (the mortgage interest rate) by means of a buy-down.
- to buy a supply of; accumulate a stock of.
- to buy back one's own possession at an auction.
- to undertake a buy-in.
buy into, to purchase a share, interest, or membership in: They tried to buy into the club but were not accepted.
buy off, to get rid of (a claim, opposition, etc.) by payment; purchase the noninterference of; bribe: The corrupt official bought off those who might expose him.
buy out, to secure all of (an owner or partner's) share or interest in an enterprise: She bought out an established pharmacist and is doing very well.
buy up, to buy as much as one can of something or as much as is offered for sale: He bought up the last of the strawberries at the fruit market.
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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
buy·a·ble, adjectivenon·buy·ing, adjective, nounpre·buy, verb (used with object), pre·bought, pre·buy·ing.re·buy, verb, re·bought, re·buy·ing.
un·buy·a·ble, adjectiveun·buy·ing, adjective
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for buy out (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
to purchase the ownership, controlling interest, shares, etc, of (a company, etc)
to gain the release of (a person) from the armed forces by payment of money
to pay (a person) once and for all to give up (property, interest, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for buy out (2 of 2)
/ (baɪ) /
verb buys, buying or bought (mainly tr)
to acquire by paying or promising to pay a sum of money or the equivalent; purchase
to be capable of purchasingmoney can't buy love
to acquire by any exchange or sacrificeto buy time by equivocation
(intr) to act as a buyer
to bribe or corrupt; hire by or as by bribery
slang to accept as true, practical, etc
(intr foll by into) to purchase shares of (a company)we bought into General Motors
(tr) theol (esp of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian)
have bought it slang to be killed
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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Idioms and Phrases with buy out
Purchase the entire stock, business rights, or interests of a concern. For example, A rival store owner offered to buy out my grandfather, but he refused, [Late 1200s]
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