Nearby words

  1. buxom,
  2. buxomly,
  3. buxtehude,
  4. buxtehude, dietrich,
  5. buxton,
  6. buy a pig in a poke,
  7. buy boat,
  8. buy in,
  9. buy into,
  10. buy it

Idioms

    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

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for buy out

buy out

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)

noun buyout

the purchase of a company, esp by its former management or staffSee also leveraged buyout, management buyout

buy

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

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

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 buy out
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Idioms and Phrases with buy out

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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