to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent; buy.
to acquire by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.
to influence by a bribe.
to be sufficient to buy: Twenty dollars purchases a subscription.
Law. to acquire (land or other property) by means other than inheritance.
to move, haul, or raise, especially by applying mechanical power.
to get a leverage on; apply a lever, pulley, or other aid to.
Obsolete. to procure, acquire, or obtain.
to buy something.
acquisition by the payment of money or its equivalent; buying, or a single act of buying.
something that is purchased or bought.
something purchased, with respect to value in relation to price; buy: At three for a dollar they seemed like a good purchase.
Law. the acquisition of land or other property by means other than inheritance.
acquisition by means of effort, labor, etc.: the purchase of comfort at the price of freedom.
a lever, pulley, or other device that provides mechanical advantage or power for moving or raising a heavy object.
an effective hold or position for applying power in moving or raising a heavy object; leverage.
any means of applying or increasing power, influence, etc.
the annual return or rent from land.
a firm grip or grasp, footing, etc., on something.
- pur·chas·er, noun
- mis·pur·chase, verb (used with object), mis·pur·chased, mis·pur·chas·ing.
- non·pur·chase, noun
- non·pur·chas·er, noun
- o·ver·pur·chase, verb (used with object), o·ver·pur·chased, o·ver·pur·chas·ing.
- pre·pur·chase, noun, verb (used with object), pre·pur·chased, pre·pur·chas·ing.
- pre·pur·chas·er, noun
- quasi-purchased, adjective
- un·pur·chased, adjective
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How to use purchase in a sentence
The purchase will be made primarily through an exchange of stock, an indication that cash — once the common currency for such deals — has become less available for such deals.Ezra Klein leaves Vox, the website he founded, for New York Times, in a digital media A-list exodus | Paul Farhi, Sarah Ellison | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
If you’ve never bought from a brand before, it is very risky to make a purchase because there is very limited context in selecting your size.Xesto is a foot scanning app that simplifies shoe gifting | Natasha Lomas | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
The purchase would be a chance for Baidu to expand into live-streaming, an enormously popular social media and retail channel in China.China search giant Baidu inked a $3.6 billion deal for a live-streaming platform. Then came the fraud claims | Naomi Xu Elegant | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
After selecting their purchases, shoppers can choose a schedule for paying for them at an annual interest rate of 0% to 30%, according to Affirm’s website.
This type of behavior hurts the pockets of consumers and limits their ability to make informed purchases.Apple to pay $113 million to settle claims over iPhone ‘batterygate’ | Verne Kopytoff | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
People will always scratch and save if a sudden burst of unrestrained pleasure can be purchased.
When a top Mobutu confidant named Colonel Alphonse Bangala purchased the island, Lometcha bought shares.
But a recently purchased automated bottling line has increased their output to sixty cases per hour.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Göring, of course, would amass an astounding collection of artwork himself, both purchased and stolen.Top Nazis And Their Complicated Relationship With Artists | William O’Connor | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is difficult to make, and should be purchased ready prepared from a reliable dealer.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The total area of land purchased for the carrying-out of the scheme is put at 215,317 square yds.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Gallinas, the noted slave factory on the west of Africa, purchased by the Liberian republic.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
For the antenna and lead-in and ground wires, Jessie purchased three hundred feet of copper wire, number fourteen.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
An hour later, I heard he was dead: that on his way to his home he had purchased a bottle of laudanum and swallowed the contents!Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for purchase
to obtain (goods, etc) by payment
to obtain by effort, sacrifice, etc: to 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
- purchaser, noun
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