- The definition of a purchase is something bought or paid for.
An example of a purchase is a pair of pants for which someone paid $10.
- Purchase is defined as to obtain something by paying for it.
An example of to purchase is to buy food at the grocery store.
transitive verbpurchased, purchasing
- to obtain for money or by paying a price; buy
- to obtain at a cost, as of suffering or sacrifice
- to move or raise by means of a mechanical device
- Law to acquire (land, buildings, etc.) by means other than inheritance or descent
Origin of purchaseMiddle English purchacen ; from Old French pourchacier, to pursue ; from pour, for (; from Classical Latin pro: see pro) + chacier, to chase
- anything obtained by buying
- the act of buying
- Now Rare income; return
- a firm hold applied to move something mechanically or to keep from slipping
- any apparatus for applying such a hold
- Naut. tackle ()
- Law the acquisition of land, buildings, etc. by means other than inheritance or descent
transitive verbpur·chased, pur·chas·ing, pur·chas·es
- To obtain in exchange for money or its equivalent; buy.
- To acquire by effort; earn: purchased the victory with the loss of many lives.
- To pull or haul by means of a mechanical device, such as a winch.
- a. The act or an instance of buying: the sudden purchase of a car.b. Something bought: That hat was a wise purchase.
- a. A hold or position that allows the application of power, as in moving something: got a purchase for her foot and climbed up.b. A device, such as a pulley, used to obtain mechanical advantage.c. A means or advantage that allows the increase of power or influence.
Origin of purchaseMiddle English purchasen, to pursue, purchase, from Old French purchacier : pur-, forth (from Latin prō-; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + chacier, to chase; see chase1.
(countable and uncountable, plural purchases)
- The act or process of seeking and obtaining something (e.g. property, etc.)
- An individual item one has purchased.
- The acquisition of title to, or property in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
- They offer free with the purchase of a drink.
- That which is obtained, got or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.
- That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.
- He was pleased with his latest purchase.
- (uncountable) 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.
- 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.
- (rock climbing, uncountable) The amount of hold one has from an individual foothold or ledge.
- (law, dated) Acquisition of lands or tenements by means other than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.
(third-person singular simple present purchases, present participle purchasing, simple past and past participle purchased)
- To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.
- To buy, obtain by payment of a price in money or its equivalent.
- to purchase land, to purchase a house
- To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.
- to purchase favor with flattery
- To expiate by a fine or forfeit.
- 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
- To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert oneself.
- 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