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
Examples from the Web for buying
Contemporary Examples of buying
Yet we keep doing the cleanses, buying the meal replacement bars, and joining Weight Watchers.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
How do you push yourself to be better when you get an Oscar for buying breakfast in the morning?Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
The one caveat: Asprey advises only buying butter made from grass-fed or pastured cows.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food
December 27, 2014
This return scam involved purchasing broken electronics off the auction site and then buying new items off store shelves.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
When the “Buying Bubble” bursts, what then for the U.S. economy?Christmas Is the New Subprime
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of buying
They'll bear the stocks all they can while they're buying up.
Well, I'm buying and she's selling, and we'll have that money back.
In those days there was no possibility of buying all sorts of music ready printed.Handel
Edward J. Dent
I suppose it was to save me the expense of buying a ticket for it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It is only a question of buying upon his part and of selling upon mine.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
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.).