Buy meaning

To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase.
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To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade.

Wanted to buy love with gifts.

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To get as by an exchange.

Buy victory with human lives.

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(archaic, theol.) To redeem.
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To buy something.
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The act of buying; a purchase.
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Anything bought or buyable, esp. with reference to its worth as a bargain.

A good (or bad) buy.

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To obtain by some sacrifice.

I've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams.

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To be equivalent to in value.

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

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(informal) To accept as true; to believe.

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

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(poker slang) To make a bluff, usually a large one.

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

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To be capable of purchasing.
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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.

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To buy merchandise as a buyer.
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(informal) Something worth the price; bargain.
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To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods.

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

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To bribe.

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

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

She buys for Federated.

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

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Something which is bought; a purchase.

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

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To bribe.

Tried to buy a judge.

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(informal) To accept the truth or feasibility of.

The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding.

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To purchase something; act as a purchaser.
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Something bought or for sale; a purchase.
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An act of purchasing.

A drug buy.

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Something that is underpriced; a bargain.
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To get by paying or agreeing to pay money or some equivalent; purchase.
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To be the means of purchasing.

All that money can buy.

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To bribe or hire as by bribing.
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(slang) To accept as true, valid, practical, etc.

I can't buy this excuse.

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(slang) buy it
  • To be killed.
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(slang) buy the farm
  • To die, especially suddenly or violently.
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buy time
  • To increase the time available for a specific purpose:
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buy in
  • 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
  • to pay money so as to become a participant, member, etc.
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buy into
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buy it
  • to die; specif., to be killed
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buy off
  • to bribe
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buy out
  • to buy all the stock, business rights, etc. of
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buy time
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buy up
  • to buy all of or all that is available of
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Origin of buy

  • Middle English from Old English bycgan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English byen, biggen, buggen, from Old English bycġan (“to buy, pay for, acquire, redeem, ransom, procure, get done, sell”), from Proto-Germanic *bugjaną (“to buy”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bhūgh- (“to bend”), or from Proto-Indo-European *bheugh- (“to take away, deliver”). Cognate with Scots by (“to buy, purchase”), Old Saxon buggian, buggean (“to buy”), Old Norse byggja (“to procure a wife, lend at interest, let out”), Gothic (bugjan, “to buy”).

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