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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pur•chase /ˈpɜrtʃəs/USA pronunciation   v.,  -chased, -chas•ing, n. 
v. [+ object]
  1. to get or obtain by the payment of money or its equivalent;
    buy:enough money to purchase a house.
  2. to be enough to buy:[not: be + ~ -ing]Ten dollars will purchase two tickets.
  3. to get or obtain by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.:His loyalty can't be purchased.

n. 
  1. acquisition;
    getting or obtaining by the payment of money or its equivalent:[uncountable]Mail in a proof of purchase.
  2. something purchased or bought:[countable]made a few purchases.
pur•chas•a•ble, adj. 
pur•chas•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pur•chase  (pûrchəs),USA pronunciation v.,  -chased, -chas•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  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. Lawto acquire (land or other property) by means other than inheritance.
  6. Mechanicsto move, haul, or raise, esp. by applying mechanical power.
  7. Mechanicsto get a leverage on;
    apply a lever, pulley, or other aid to.
  8. [Obs.]to procure, acquire, or obtain.

v.i. 
  1. to buy something.

n. 
  1. acquisition by the payment of money or its equivalent;
    buying, or a single act of buying.
  2. something that is purchased or bought.
  3. something purchased, with respect to value in relation to price;
    buy:At three for a dollar they seemed like a good purchase.
  4. Lawthe acquisition of land or other property by means other than inheritance.
  5. acquisition by means of effort, labor, etc.:the purchase of comfort at the price of freedom.
  6. Mechanics, Buildinga lever, pulley, or other device that provides mechanical advantage or power for moving or raising a heavy object.
  7. Mechanicsan effective hold or position for applying power in moving or raising a heavy object;
    leverage.
  8. any means of applying or increasing power, influence, etc.
  9. the annual return or rent from land.
  10. a firm grip or grasp, footing, etc., on something.
  11. [Obs.]booty.
purchas•er, n. 
  • Anglo-French purchas (Old French porchas), derivative of the verb, verbal
  • Latin prō pro1) + chacer to chase1; (noun, nominal) Middle English
  • Anglo-French purchacer to seek to obtain, procure (Old French pourchacier), equivalent. to pur- (
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English purchasen bef. 1150
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged get, obtain, procure. See  buy. 
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged winch, capstan.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sell.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

purchase /ˈpɜːtʃɪs/ vb (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
n
  1. something that is purchased, esp an article bought with money
  2. the act of buying
  3. acquisition of an estate by any lawful means other than inheritance
  4. a rough measure of the mechanical advantage achieved by a lever
  5. a firm foothold, grasp, etc, as for climbing or levering something
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French porchacier to strive to obtain, from por- for +chacier to chase1

ˈpurchaser n



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