verb (used with object), pur·chased, pur·chas·ing.

verb (used without object), pur·chased, pur·chas·ing.

to buy something.


Nearby words

  1. purcell mountains,
  2. purcell, henry,
  3. purchas,
  4. purchas, samuel,
  5. purchasable,
  6. purchase ledger,
  7. purchase tax,
  8. purchaser,
  9. purchasing agent,
  10. purchasing power

Origin of purchase

before 1150; (v.) Middle English purchasen < Anglo-French purchacer to seek to obtain, procure (Old French pourchacier), equivalent to pur- (< Latin prō pro1) + chacer to chase1; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French purchas (Old French porchas), derivative of the v.

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See buy.

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British Dictionary definitions for purchase


verb (tr)

to obtain (goods, etc) by payment
to obtain by effort, sacrifice, etcto purchase one's freedom
to draw, haul, or lift (a load) with the aid of mechanical apparatus
to acquire (an estate) other than by inheritance


something that is purchased, esp an article bought with money
the act of buying
acquisition of an estate by any lawful means other than inheritance
a rough measure of the mechanical advantage achieved by a lever
a firm foothold, grasp, etc, as for climbing or levering something
a means of achieving some influence, advantage, etc
Derived Formspurchaser, noun

Word Origin for purchase

C13: from Old French porchacier to strive to obtain, from por- for + chacier to chase 1

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Word Origin and History for purchase
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