- to acquire the possession of, or the right to, by paying or promising to pay an equivalent, especially in money; purchase.
- to acquire by exchange or concession: to buy favor with flattery.
- to hire or obtain the services of: The Yankees bought a new center fielder.
- to bribe: Most public officials cannot be bought.
- to be the monetary or purchasing equivalent of: Ten dollars buys less than it used to.
- Chiefly Theology. to redeem; ransom.
- Cards. to draw or be dealt (a card): He bought an ace.
- to accept or believe: I don't buy that explanation.
- to be deceived by: He bought the whole story.
- to be or become a purchaser.
- an act or instance of buying.
- something bought or to be bought; purchase: That coat was a sensible buy.
- a bargain: The couch was a real buy.
- buy down, to lower or reduce (the mortgage interest rate) by means of a buy-down.
- buy in,
- to buy a supply of; accumulate a stock of.
- to buy back one's own possession at an auction.
- to undertake a buy-in.
- buy into, to purchase a share, interest, or membership in: They tried to buy into the club but were not accepted.
- buy off, to get rid of (a claim, opposition, etc.) by payment; purchase the noninterference of; bribe: The corrupt official bought off those who might expose him.
- buy out, to secure all of (an owner or partner's) share or interest in an enterprise: She bought out an established pharmacist and is doing very well.
- buy up, to buy as much as one can of something or as much as is offered for sale: He bought up the last of the strawberries at the fruit market.
- buy it, Slang. to get killed: He bought it at Dunkirk.
Origin of buy
Antonyms for buy
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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
- 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
- a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)
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.).