- The definition of buy means to purchase or to get by exchange.
An example of to buy is giving a cashier twenty dollars for two movie tickets.
This woman is going to buy train tickets.
buy definition by Webster's New World
- to get by paying or agreeing to pay money or some equivalent; purchase
- to get as by an exchange: buy victory with human lives
- to be the means of purchasing: all that money can buy
- to bribe or hire as by bribing
- ☆ Slang to accept as true, valid, practical, etc.: I can't buy this excuse
- Theol., Archaic to redeem
Origin: Middle English bien ; from Old English bycgan ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base of bow
- to buy something
- to buy merchandise as a buyer
- the act of buying; a purchase
- anything bought or buyable, esp. with reference to its worth as a bargain: a good (or bad) buy
- ☆ Informal something worth the price; bargain
- buyable adjective
buy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb bought bought , buy·ing, buys verb, transitive
- To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase. See Regional Note at boughten.
- To be capable of purchasing: “Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy” (Ogden Nash).
- To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade: wanted to buy love with gifts.
- To bribe: tried to buy a judge.
- Informal To accept the truth or feasibility of: The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding.
- Something bought or for sale; a purchase.
- An act of purchasing: a drug buy.
- Something that is underpriced; a bargain.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English bycgan.
- buyˈa·ble adjective
buy - Investment & Finance Definition
buy - Phrases/Idioms
- to buy a share of or shares in
- to buy back (an item) at an auction by a final, high bid when the other bids are much too low: said as of the orig. owner
- Slang to pay money so as to become a participant, member, etc.
- buy in (senses & ) (see phrase above)
- â Slang buy ()
buy the farm