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[pur-chuh s] /ˈpɜr tʃəs/
verb (used with object), purchased, purchasing.
1.
to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent; buy.
2.
to acquire by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.
3.
to influence by a bribe.
4.
to be sufficient to buy:
Twenty dollars purchases a subscription.
5.
Law. to acquire (land or other property) by means other than inheritance.
6.
to move, haul, or raise, especially by applying mechanical power.
7.
to get a leverage on; apply a lever, pulley, or other aid to.
8.
Obsolete. to procure, acquire, or obtain.
verb (used without object), purchased, purchasing.
9.
to buy something.
noun
10.
acquisition by the payment of money or its equivalent; buying, or a single act of buying.
11.
something that is purchased or bought.
12.
something purchased, with respect to value in relation to price; buy:
At three for a dollar they seemed like a good purchase.
13.
Law. the acquisition of land or other property by means other than inheritance.
14.
acquisition by means of effort, labor, etc.:
the purchase of comfort at the price of freedom.
15.
a lever, pulley, or other device that provides mechanical advantage or power for moving or raising a heavy object.
16.
an effective hold or position for applying power in moving or raising a heavy object; leverage.
17.
any means of applying or increasing power, influence, etc.
18.
the annual return or rent from land.
19.
a firm grip or grasp, footing, etc., on something.
20.
Obsolete, booty.
Origin
1150
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
purchaser, noun
mispurchase, verb (used with object), mispurchased, mispurchasing.
nonpurchase, noun
nonpurchaser, noun
overpurchase, verb (used with object), overpurchased, overpurchasing.
prepurchase, noun, verb (used with object), prepurchased, prepurchasing.
prepurchaser, noun
quasi-purchased, adjective
unpurchased, adjective
Synonyms
1. get, obtain, procure. See buy. 15. winch, capstan.
Antonyms
1. sell.
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Examples for purchase
  • Money is also a store of potential energy that can be released when needed, with the purchase of goods, energy and labour.
  • Well, they're far cheaper to produce than printed texts, making a bulk purchase more feasible.
  • One is to purchase companies in emerging markets with strong growth prospects.
  • Currently, people can purchase wind energy or a mix of wind and hydroelectric through the website.
  • If you could please advise me on the growing conditions in my area along with how to purchase them it would be deeply appreciated.
  • Plant bare-root trees as soon as possible after purchase.
  • If your last cellphone purchase wasn't a smartphone and you're living stateside, consider yourself in the minority.
  • Yet this right to not buy health insurance means almost all of them will eventually steal from those of us who do purchase it.
  • Choosing a different country may affect what products are available to purchase.
  • So go to a store that sells pool supplies and purchase granular chlorine.
British Dictionary definitions for purchase

purchase

/ˈpɜːtʃɪs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to obtain (goods, etc) by payment
2.
to obtain by effort, sacrifice, etc to purchase one's freedom
3.
to draw, haul, or lift (a load) with the aid of mechanical apparatus
4.
to acquire (an estate) other than by inheritance
noun
5.
something that is purchased, esp an article bought with money
6.
the act of buying
7.
acquisition of an estate by any lawful means other than inheritance
8.
a rough measure of the mechanical advantage achieved by a lever
9.
a firm foothold, grasp, etc, as for climbing or levering something
10.
a means of achieving some influence, advantage, etc
Derived Forms
purchaser, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French porchacier to strive to obtain, from por- for +chacier to chase1
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Word Origin and History for purchase
v.

c.1300, "acquire, obtain; get, receive; procure, provide," also "accomplish or bring about; instigate; cause, contrive, plot; recruit, hire," from Anglo-French purchaser "go after," Old French porchacier "search for, procure; purchase; aim at, strive for, pursue eagerly" (11c., Modern French pourchasser), from pur- "forth" (possibly used here as an intensive prefix; see pur-) + Old French chacier "run after, to hunt, chase" (see chase (v.)).

Originally to obtain or receive as due in any way, including through merit or suffering; specific sense of "acquire for money, pay money for, buy" is from mid-14c., though the word continued to be used for "to get by conquest in war, obtain as booty" up to 17c. Related: Purchased; purchasing.

n.

c.1300, purchas, "acquisition, gain;" also, "something acquired or received, a possession; property, goods;" especially "booty, spoil; goods gained by pillage or robbery" (to make purchase was "to seize by robbery"). Also "mercenary soldier, one who fights for booty." From Anglo-French purchace, Old French porchaz "acquisition, gain, profit; seizing, plunder; search pursuit, effort," from Anglo-French purchaser, Old French porchacier (see purchase (v.)).

From early 14c. as "endeavor, effort, exertion; instigation, contrivance;" late 14c. as "act of acquiring, procurement." Meaning "that which is bought" is from 1580s. The sense of "hold or position for advantageously applying power" (1711) is extended from the nautical verb meaning "to haul or draw (especially by mechanical power)," often used in reference to hauling up anchors, attested from 1560s. Wif of purchase (early 14c.) was a term for "concubine."

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