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
Examples from the Web for buy
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?
“This is the only place in the souk you can buy safety pins,” he said.
“For conveniences and shops where you can buy what you need,” it is much easier, he said.
For instance, Best Buy has over 40 million members in its customer loyalty program, Reward Zone.
The NRA has fought for the rights of felons to buy and own firearms.
He is rich enough to buy it, nay he has Plenty of it, tho' he hardly ever touches it, when he is by himself.A Letter to Dion|Bernard Mandeville
If you want some butter it doesn't matter whether you buy it from Brown or Jones or Robinson.'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
But when Jack took out the shilling, and said, “Shall I buy you with this, slave?”Mopsa the Fairy|Jean Ingelow
Wà ku palita kay mahal man gud, I did not buy it because it was expensive.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
I intended to buy a house this Spring (even if you did not).The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
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.).