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Meaning of PURCHASE

Pronunciation:  'purchus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the acquisition of something for payment; "they closed the purchase with a handshake"
  2. [n]  a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage; "he could get no purchase on the situation"
  3. [n]  the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
  4. [n]  something acquired by purchase
  5. [v]  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"

PURCHASE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: buy, leverage
 Antonyms: sell
 See Also: acquire, acquisition, acquisition, bargain, buy, buy food, buy in, buy out, buy up, buyback, buying, choose, get, impulse-buy, influence, mechanical phenomenon, pay, pick out, pick up, purchasing, redemption, repurchase, select, steal, stock, stock buyback, subscribe, subscribe to, take, take out, take over



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purchased};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Purchasing}.] [OE. purchasen, porchacen, OF.
    porchacier, purchacier, to pursue, to seek eagerly, F.
    pourchasser; OF. pour, por, pur, for (L. pro) + chacier to
    pursue, to chase. See {Chase}.]
    1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain,
       obtain, or acquire. --Chaucer.
             That loves the thing he can not purchase. --Spenser.
             Your accent is Something finer than you could
             purchase in so removed a dwelling.    --Shak.
             His faults . . . hereditary Rather than purchased.
    2. To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a
       price; as, to purchase land, or a house.
             The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of
             Heth.                                 --Gen. xxv.
    3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or
       sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.
             One poor retiring minute . . . Would purchase thee a
             thousand thousand friends.            --Shak.
             A world who would not purchase with a bruise?
    4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.]
             Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.
    5. (Law)
       (a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.
       (b) To buy for a price.
    6. 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.
  2. \Pur"chase\, v. i.
    1. To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to
       exert one's self. [Obs.]
             Duke John of Brabant purchased greatly that the Earl
             of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage.
                                                   --Ld. Berners.
    2. To acquire wealth or property. [Obs.]
             Sure our lawyers Would not purchase half so fast.
                                                   --J. Webster.
  3. \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), n. [OE. purchds, F. pourchas eager
    pursuit. See {Purchase}, v. t.]
    1. The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything. [Obs.]
             I'll . . . get meat to have thee, Or lose my life in
             the purchase.                         --Beau. & Fl.
    2. The act of seeking and acquiring property.
    3. The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for
       a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
             It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of
             repentance.                           --Franklin.
    4. That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner,
       honestly or dishonestly; property; possession;
       acquisition. --Chaucer. B. Jonson.
             We met with little purchase upon this coast, except
             two small vessels of Golconda.        --De Foe.
             A beauty-waning and distressed widow . . . Made
             prize and purchase of his lustful eye. --Shak.
    5. That which is obtained for a price in money or its
       equivalent. ``The scrip was complete evidence of his right
       in the purchase.'' --Wheaton.
    6. 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.
             A politician, to do great things, looks for a power
             -- what our workmen call a purchase.  --Burke.
    7. (Law) Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means
       than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or
       agreement. --Blackstone.
    {Purchase criminal}, robbery. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    {Purchase money}, the money paid, or contracted to be paid,
       for anything bought. --Berkeley.
    {Worth, or At}, {[so many] years' purchase}, a phrase by
       which the value or cost of a thing is expressed in the
       length of time required for the income to amount to the
       purchasing price; as, he bought the estate at a twenty
       years' purchase. To say one's life is not worth a day's
       purchase in the same as saying one will not live a day, or
       is in imminent peril.