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Definitions of purchase

  1. 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"
  2. the acquisition of something for payment; " they closed the purchase with a handshake"
  3. a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage; " he could get no purchase on the situation"
  4. something acquired by purchase
  5. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.
  6. To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house.
  7. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.
  8. To expiate by a fine or forfeit.
  9. To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.
  10. To buy for a price.
  11. 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.
  12. To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self.
  13. To acquire wealth or property.
  14. The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything.
  15. The act of seeking and acquiring property.
  16. The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
  17. That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.
  18. That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.
  19. 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.
  20. Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.
  21. To get by paying money or its equivalent; acquire; buy.
  22. The act of buying; thing bought; a mechanical hold or advantage in raising heavy bodies; as, to get a purchase on a thing to be lifted or carried.
  23. Purchaser.
  24. To buy.
  25. To chase or seek for: to acquire: to obtain by paying: to obtain by labor, danger, etc.:( law) to sue out or procure.
  26. Act of purchasing: that which is purchased: any mechanical power or advantage in raising or moving bodies.
  27. To obtain by paying; buy.
  28. The act of purchasing, or that which is purchased.
  29. An advantage, as of leverage, for moving heavy bodies or the like.
  30. The act of purchasing; acquisition by purchasing; that which is purchased; any mechanical power or advantage in raising or moving heavy bodies.
  31. To acquire by any means; to buy; to obtain by paying an equivalent; to obtain by expense of labour, danger, or other sacrifice; to raise by a purchase.
  32. Anything acquired by paying a price in money; anything obtained by labour or danger, & c.; any mechanical power or advantage applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies.
  33. To buy; to obtain in exchange for money; to obtain at the expense of labour, skill, & c.; to gain advantage or power by mechanical means.

Usage examples for purchase

  1. Had I gone into the station and offered to purchase a ticket, I should have been instantly and carefully examined, and undoubtedly arrested. – Collected Articles of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  2. A number of them who had been slaves had paid, in the course of that year, seventy thousand seven hundred and thirty- three dollars to purchase their own freedom, or that of their relatives. – The Freedmen's Book by Lydia Maria Child
  3. All the furniture was scattered at that time, but since then many pieces have found their way back, either by gift or purchase. – Historic Homes by Mary H. Northend
  4. Mrs. Baggert could not help joining in the laugh, and when Tom offered to ride back and purchase some more of the polish for her, she said it did not matter, as she could wait until the next day. – Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout or, The Speediest Car on the Road by Victor Appleton
  5. Shall I be enabled to purchase my freedom next year? – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  6. There are others again, who consider a country rich or poor, according to the quantity of labour that it can purchase. – On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation by David Ricardo
  7. If by the purchase of English goods to the amount of 1000l. – On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation by David Ricardo
  8. " Yes, if you choose to purchase her, there's no objection," replied a third. – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat
  9. " Mr. Harding tells us Dr. Morton is anxious to sell the place, and if Mr. Gassett makes the settlement we hope for, he will simply pay back the purchase money to Dr. Morton because the place was never his to sell. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  10. In the Land of the Dawn there is a jewel called the Emerald of the Sea; it is your task to discover it and purchase it for me. – The Firelight Fairy Book by Henry Beston
  11. This old woman was very proud because I had given 12 to purchase her freedom in Khartoum. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  12. Reflecting on the thing, he saw, in the case of Ian's approval of the sale, no reason why he should not show friendliness where none was expected, and give Mr. Peregrine Palmer the first chance of purchase. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  13. Norris asked the man if they could not purchase something better, and offered a dollar if he would bring them some fruit. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  14. The Emperor seemed to regard the property as his own; but though he all but ordered me to make the purchase, he did not furnish the money that was paid for it. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  15. Probably with a view to further business he also offered to purchase any of the Grenfell shares they might have to dispose of. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  16. A considerable element in the Tory party felt that the time had come to inflict a severe punishment upon the United States, and newspapers and speakers of that connection announced freely that only by large concessions of territory could the contemptible republic purchase peace. – The Wars Between England and America by T. C. Smith
  17. Among the few existing papers from the pen of the latter is a description of this interview: She came to speak with me for her father, about the purchase of a house. – The Friendships of Women by William Rounseville Alger
  18. I would advise those who delight in good reading to purchase Miss Grimshaw's books. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
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