[ pur-chuhs ]
/ ˈpɜr tʃəs /

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

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

to buy something.


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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/ (ˈpɜːtʃɪs) /

verb (tr)


Derived Forms

purchaser, 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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