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 formsbuy·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
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.

Antonyms for buy

1. sell.
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Examples from the Web for buying

Contemporary Examples of buying

Historical Examples of buying

  • They'll bear the stocks all they can while they're buying up.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Well, I'm buying and she's selling, and we'll have that money back.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for buying

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 buying

buy

v.

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.

buy

n.

"a purchase," especially a worthwhile one, 1879, American English, from buy (v.).

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