WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [~ + object]
- to get or obtain by the payment of money or its equivalent;
buy:enough money to purchase a house.
- to be enough to buy:[not: be + ~ -ing]Ten dollars will purchase two tickets.
- to get or obtain by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.:His loyalty can't be purchased.
getting or obtaining by the payment of money or its equivalent:[uncountable]Mail in a proof of purchase.
- something purchased or bought:[countable]made a few purchases.
pur•chas•er, n. [countable]
- to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent;
- to acquire by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.
- to influence by a bribe.
- to be sufficient to buy:Twenty dollars purchases a subscription.
- Lawto acquire (land or other property) by means other than inheritance.
- Mechanicsto move, haul, or raise, esp. by applying mechanical power.
- Mechanicsto get a leverage on;
apply a lever, pulley, or other aid to.
- [Obs.]to procure, acquire, or obtain.
- to buy something.
- acquisition by the payment of money or its equivalent;
buying, or a single act of buying.
- something that is purchased or bought.
- something purchased, with respect to value in relation to price;
buy:At three for a dollar they seemed like a good purchase.
- Lawthe acquisition of land or other property by means other than inheritance.
- acquisition by means of effort, labor, etc.:the purchase of comfort at the price of freedom.
- Mechanics, Buildinga lever, pulley, or other device that provides mechanical advantage or power for moving or raising a heavy object.
- Mechanicsan effective hold or position for applying power in moving or raising a heavy object;
- any means of applying or increasing power, influence, etc.
- the annual return or rent from land.
- a firm grip or grasp, footing, etc., on something.
- 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.