- the past tense and past participle of buy
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- pt. and pp. of buy.
- Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.]store-bought.
- 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.]
- to bribe:[~ + object]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.
- Business 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.
- a bargain:The couch and the stereo are good buys.
- 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.]
- to acquire the possession of, or the right to, by paying or promising to pay an equivalent, esp. in money;
- 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;
- Games[Cards.]to draw or be dealt (a card):He bought an ace.
- Informal Terms
- to accept or believe:I don't buy that explanation.
- to be deceived by:He bought the whole story.
- to be or become a purchaser.
- Banking, Businessbuy down, to lower or reduce (the mortgage interest rate) by means of a buy-down.
- Businessbuy 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.
- to buy a supply of;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sell.
- to acquire by paying or promising to pay a sum of money or the equivalent; purchase
- to be capable of purchasing: money can't buy love
- to acquire by any exchange or sacrifice: to buy time by equivocation
- (intransitive) to act as a buyer
- to bribe or corrupt; hire by or as by bribery
- slang to accept as true, practical, etc
- (intransitive) followed by into: to purchase shares of (a company): we bought into General Motors
- (transitive) (esp of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian)
- have bought it ⇒ slang to be killed
- 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