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Purchase vs. Buy

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  • Purchase (noun)

    The act or process of seeking and obtaining something (e.g. property, etc.)

  • Purchase (noun)

    An individual item one has purchased.

  • Purchase (noun)

    The acquisition of title to, or property in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.

    "They offer a free hamburger with the purchase of a drink."

  • Purchase (noun)

    That which is obtained, got or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.

  • Purchase (noun)

    That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.

    "He was pleased with his latest purchase."

  • Purchase (noun)

    Any mechanical hold or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle or capstan.

    "It is hard to get purchase on a nail without a pry bar or hammer."

  • Purchase (noun)

    The apparatus, tackle or device by which such mechanical advantage is gained and in nautical terminology the ratio of such a device, like a pulley, or block and tackle.

  • Purchase (noun)

    The amount of hold one has from an individual foothold or ledge.

    "contact|grip"

  • Purchase (noun)

    Acquisition of lands or tenements by means other than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.

  • Purchase (noun)

    A price paid for a house or estate, etc. equal to the amount of the rent or income during the stated number of years.

  • Purchase (verb)

    To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.

  • Purchase (verb)

    To buy, obtain by payment of a price in money or its equivalent.

    "to purchase land, to purchase a house"

  • Purchase (verb)

    To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.

    "to purchase favor with flattery"

  • Purchase (verb)

    To expiate by a fine or forfeit.

  • Purchase (verb)

    To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to.

    "to purchase a cannon"

  • Purchase (verb)

    To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert oneself.

  • Purchase (verb)

    To constitute the buying power for a purchase, have a trading value.

    "Many aristocratic refugees' portable treasures purchased their safe passage and comfortable exile during the revolution"

  • Buy (verb)

    To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods

    "I'm going to buy my father something nice for his birthday."

  • Buy (verb)

    To obtain by some sacrifice.

    "I've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams."

  • Buy (verb)

    To bribe.

    "He tried to buy me with gifts, but I wouldn't give up my beliefs."

  • Buy (verb)

    To be equivalent to in value.

    "The dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to."

  • Buy (verb)

    to accept as true; to believe

    "I'm not going to buy your stupid excuses anymore!"

  • Buy (verb)

    To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)

    "She buys for Federated."

    "Let's go out for dinner. I'm buying."

  • Buy (verb)

    To make a bluff, usually a large one.

    "Smith tried to buy the pot on the river with a huge bluff"

  • Buy (noun)

    Something which is bought; a purchase.

    "At only $30, the second-hand kitchen table was a great buy."

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  • Purchase (verb)

    acquire (something) by paying for it; buy

    "Mr Gill spotted the manuscript at a local auction and purchased it for £1,500"

  • Purchase (verb)

    obtain or achieve with effort or suffering

    "the victory was purchased by the death of Rhiwallon"

  • Purchase (verb)

    haul up (a rope, cable, or anchor) by means of a pulley or lever.

  • Purchase (noun)

    the action of buying something

    "she made her purchases carefully"

    "the large number of videos currently available for purchase"

  • Purchase (noun)

    a thing that has been bought

    "she stowed her purchases in the car"

  • Purchase (noun)

    the acquisition of property by one's personal action rather than by inheritance.

  • Purchase (noun)

    the annual rent or return from land

    "a lease valued at seven year's purchase"

  • Purchase (noun)

    firm contact or grip

    "the horse's hooves fought for purchase on the slippery pavement"

    "an attempt to gain a purchase on the soft earth"

  • Purchase (noun)

    a pulley or similar device for moving heavy objects.

  • Buy (verb)

    obtain in exchange for payment

    "homeowners who buy into housing developments"

    "he had been able to buy up hundreds of acres"

    "he bought me a new frock"

    "she bought six first-class stamps"

  • Buy (verb)

    pay someone to give up an ownership, interest, or share

    "when their affair ended, she bought him out"

  • Buy (verb)

    obtain one's release from the armed services by payment.

  • Buy (verb)

    withdraw something at auction because it fails to meet the reserve price.

  • Buy (verb)

    procure the loyalty and support of (someone) by bribery

    "I'll buy off the investigators"

    "here was a man who could not be bought"

  • Buy (verb)

    be a means of obtaining (something) through exchange or payment

    "money can't buy happiness"

  • Buy (verb)

    get by sacrifice or great effort

    "greatness is dearly bought"

  • Buy (verb)

    be a buyer for a store or firm.

  • Buy (verb)

    accept the truth of

    "I hate to buy into stereotypes"

    "I am not prepared to buy the claim that the ends justify the means"

  • Buy (noun)

    a purchase

    "wine is rarely a good buy in duty-free shops"

  • Buy (noun)

    an act of purchasing something

    "a drug buy"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Purchase

    To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.

  • Purchase

    To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house.

  • Purchase

    To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.

  • Purchase

    To expiate by a fine or forfeit.

  • Purchase

    To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.

  • Purchase

    To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to; as, to purchase a cannon.

  • Purchase (verb)

    To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self.

  • Purchase (verb)

    To acquire wealth or property.

  • Purchase (noun)

    The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything.

  • Purchase (noun)

    The act of seeking and acquiring property.

  • Purchase (noun)

    The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.

  • Purchase (noun)

    That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.

  • Purchase (noun)

    That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.

  • Purchase (noun)

    Any mechanical hold, or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle, capstan, and the like; also, the apparatus, tackle, or device by which the advantage is gained.

  • Purchase (noun)

    Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.

  • Buy

    To acquire the ownership of (property) by giving an accepted price or consideration therefor, or by agreeing to do so; to acquire by the payment of a price or value; to purchase; - opposed to sell.

  • Buy

    To acquire or procure by something given or done in exchange, literally or figuratively; to get, at a cost or sacrifice; to buy pleasure with pain.

  • Buy (verb)

    To negotiate or treat about a purchase.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Purchase (noun)

    the acquisition of something for payment;

    "they closed the purchase with a handshake"

  • Purchase (noun)

    something acquired by purchase

  • Purchase (noun)

    a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage;

    "he could get no purchase on the situation"

  • Purchase (noun)

    the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever

  • Purchase (verb)

    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction;

    "The family purchased a new car"

    "The conglomerate acquired a new company"

    "She buys for the big department store"

  • Buy (noun)

    an advantageous purchase;

    "she got a bargain at the auction"

    "the stock was a real buy at that price"

  • Buy (verb)

    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction;

    "The family purchased a new car"

    "The conglomerate acquired a new company"

    "She buys for the big department store"

  • Buy (verb)

    make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence;

    "This judge can be bought"

  • Buy (verb)

    acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange;

    "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"

  • Buy (verb)

    accept as true;

    "I can't buy this story"

  • Buy (verb)

    be worth or be capable of buying;

    "This sum will buy you a ride on the train"

Princeton's WordNet

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