bought

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 /bɔːt/


For the verb: "to buy"

Simple Past: bought
Past Participle: bought

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bought /bɔt/USA pronunciation   v. 

    a pt. and pp. of buy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
bought  (bôt), 
v. 
  1. pt. and pp. of buy. 

adj. 
  • Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.]store-bought.

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    buy /baɪ/USA pronunciation   v., bought/bɔt/USA pronunciation  buy•ing, n. 

    v. 
  • to get possession of (something), esp. by paying money;
    purchase: [+ object]She bought a new computer.[+ object + object]She bought him a new computer.[+ object + for + a noun showing an amount]She bought the computer for only $499.[no object]He buys at low prices.
  • to obtain by exchange or sacrifice: [+ object]to buy favor with flattery; Victory can only be bought with bloodshed.[+ object + object][Buy me some happiness.]
  • [+ object] to bribe:The senator claimed he couldn't be bought.
  • [+ object; not: be + ~-ing] to equal (some amount of) purchasing power : A dollar doesn't buy much these days.
  • Informal Terms[+ object] Informal. to accept or believe: I don't buy that explanation.
  • Business buy into, [+ into + object] to purchase a share in:He bought into the syndicate deal for the construction of new downtown housing.
  • buy off, to get rid of (a claim, etc.) by payment;
    to bribe: [+ object + off]See if you can buy him off.[+ off + object]Buy off as many politicians as you can.
  • buy out,
    • [+ out + object] to purchase (shares in a company) so as to gain control of:He bought out the company and tried to resell it.
    • to purchase all the business shares belonging to (another): [+ object + out]When the businessman retired, his partner bought him out.[+ out + object]They bought out all the other partners.
  • buy up, to buy as much of (something) as is available: [+ up + object]bought up all the oil on the market.[+ object + up]They tried to buy it all up.

  • n. [countable]
  • a bargain:The couch and the stereo are good buys.
  • idiom
    1. Idioms, Slang Termsbuy time, [Informal.]to put off some action or decision: [no object][tried to buy time by making conversation while he tried to remember her name.][buy + object + time][Buy me some time while I figure out what to say.]


    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    buy  (bī), 
    v., bought, buy•ing, n. 

    v.t. 
  • to acquire the possession of, or the right to, by paying or promising to pay an equivalent, esp. in money;
    purchase.
  • to acquire by exchange or concession:to buy favor with flattery.
  • to hire or obtain the services of:The Yankees bought a new center fielder.
  • to bribe:Most public officials cannot be bought.
  • to be the monetary or purchasing equivalent of:Ten dollars buys less than it used to.
  • [Chiefly Theol.]to redeem; ransom.
  • Games[Cards.]to draw or be dealt (a card):He bought an ace.
  • [Informal.]
    • to accept or believe:I don't buy that explanation.
    • to be deceived by:He bought the whole story.

    v.i. 
  • to be or become a purchaser.
  • Banking, Businessbuy down, to lower or reduce (the mortgage interest rate) by means of a buy-down.
  • buy in: 
    • to buy a supply of; accumulate a stock of.
    • to buy back one's own possession at an auction.
    • to undertake a buy-in. Also,buy into. 
  • Businessbuy into, to purchase a share, interest, or membership in:They tried to buy into the club but were not accepted.
  • buy it, [Slang.]to get killed:He bought it at Dunkirk.
  • buy off, to get rid of (a claim, opposition, etc.) by payment; purchase the noninterference of;
    bribe:The corrupt official bought off those who might expose him.
  • Businessbuy out, to secure all of (an owner or partner's) share or interest in an enterprise:She bought out an established pharmacist and is doing very well.
  • buy up, to buy as much as one can of something or as much as is offered for sale:He bought up the last of the strawberries at the fruit market.

  • n. 
  • an act or instance of buying.
  • something bought or to be bought; purchase:That coat was a sensible buy.
  • a bargain:The couch was a real buy.
  • Etymology:bef. 1000; Middle English byen, variant of byggen, buggen, Old English bycgan;
    cognate with Old Saxon buggjan, Gothic bugjan to buy, Old Norse byggja to lend, rent
    buya•ble, adj. 
    Buy, purchase imply obtaining or acquiring property or goods for a price. Buy is the common and informal word, applying to any such transaction:to buy a house, vegetables at the market.Purchase is more formal and may connote buying on a larger scale, in a finer store, and the like:to purchase a year's supplies. ant'> 1 . sell.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bought /bɔːt/ vb
    1. the past tense and past participle of buy



    buy /baɪ/ vb (buys, buying, bought)(mainly tr)
    1. to acquire by paying or promising to pay a sum of money or the equivalent; purchase
    2. to be capable of purchasing: money can't buy love
    3. to acquire by any exchange or sacrifice: to buy time by equivocation
    4. (intransitive) to act as a buyer
    5. to bribe or corrupt; hire by or as by bribery
    6. slang to accept as true, practical, etc
    7. (intransitive) followed by into: to purchase shares of (a company): we bought into General Motors
    8. (transitive) (esp of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian)
    9. have bought itslang to be killed
    n
    1. a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)

    See also buy in, buy into, buy off, buy out, buy upEtymology: Old English bycgan; related to Old Norse byggja to let out, lend, Gothic bugjan to buy
    USAGE
    The use of off after buy as in I bought this off my neighbour was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts




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