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.
Origin of buy
Antonyms for buy
Related Words for buy upsolicit, amass, hide, collect, stockpile, deposit, stash, secure, win, cop, appropriate, persuade, have, find, annex, wangle, score, draw, buy, get
verb (tr, adverb)
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.).
Purchase all that is available, as in They want to buy up all the land in this area. This term was first recorded in a law enacted under Henry VIII: “They buy up all manner of fish.”