verb (used with object), pur·chased, pur·chas·ing.
verb (used without object), pur·chased, pur·chas·ing.
- purcell mountains,
- purcell, henry,
- purchas, samuel,
- purchase ledger,
- purchase tax,
- purchasing agent,
- purchasing power
Origin of purchase
Examples from the Web for purchase
They were able to purchase weapons and plot attacks on the island without much interference.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five|Nina Strochlic|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When my husband and I asked to see the report, we were told we could purchase the report for $30,000 from the defense.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Which is why in 1961, the distillery finally decided to purchase the estate and its adjoining home.
Customers can purchase cold beer at full price or warm bottles of beer at retail prices to take home.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A limited number of medical patients will be able to purchase “Chunky Diesel” or “Alien Dawg” for just $100.Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’|Abby Haglage|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hadn't we better go up to the town and purchase a few rifles and some ammunition?A Bid for Fortune|Guy Boothby
Freeman is now endeavoring to raise money to make the purchase.
I wonder if they would let me purchase her and give her the freedom which belongs to every one of God's creatures.Mabel's Mistake|Ann S. Stephens
He had not thought it worth his while to purchase freedom by a confession, merely to drag out a miserable existence.The Red Lottery Ticket|Fortun Du Boisgobey
The Count was made supremely happy with the purchase of a holy picture which he declared was from the brush of an old master.Polly and Her Friends Abroad|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Word Origin for purchase
c.1300, "acquire, obtain; get, receive; procure, provide," also "accomplish or bring about; instigate; cause, contrive, plot; recruit, hire," from Anglo-French purchaser "go after," Old French porchacier "search for, procure; purchase; aim at, strive for, pursue eagerly" (11c., Modern French pourchasser), from pur- "forth" (possibly used here as an intensive prefix; see pur-) + Old French chacier "run after, to hunt, chase" (see chase (v.)).
Originally to obtain or receive as due in any way, including through merit or suffering; specific sense of "acquire for money, pay money for, buy" is from mid-14c., though the word continued to be used for "to get by conquest in war, obtain as booty" up to 17c. Related: Purchased; purchasing.
c.1300, purchas, "acquisition, gain;" also, "something acquired or received, a possession; property, goods;" especially "booty, spoil; goods gained by pillage or robbery" (to make purchase was "to seize by robbery"). Also "mercenary soldier, one who fights for booty." From Anglo-French purchace, Old French porchaz "acquisition, gain, profit; seizing, plunder; search pursuit, effort," from Anglo-French purchaser, Old French porchacier (see purchase (v.)).
From early 14c. as "endeavor, effort, exertion; instigation, contrivance;" late 14c. as "act of acquiring, procurement." Meaning "that which is bought" is from 1580s. The sense of "hold or position for advantageously applying power" (1711) is extended from the nautical verb meaning "to haul or draw (especially by mechanical power)," often used in reference to hauling up anchors, attested from 1560s. Wif of purchase (early 14c.) was a term for "concubine."