Definition of "buy" []

  • To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase. See Regional Note at boughten. (verb-transitive)
  • To be capable of purchasing: "Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy” ( Ogden Nash). (verb-transitive)
  • To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade: wanted to buy love with gifts. (verb-transitive)
  • To bribe: tried to buy a judge. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To accept the truth or feasibility of: The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding. (verb-transitive)
  • To acquire by paying or promising to pay a sum of money or the equivalent; purchase (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be capable of purchasing (verb)
  • To acquire by any exchange or sacrifice (verb)
  • To act as a buyer (verb)
  • To bribe or corrupt; hire by or as by bribery (verb)
  • To accept as true, practical, etc (verb)
  • To purchase shares of (a company) (verb)
  • (esp of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian) (verb)
  • A purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "buy" in a sentence
  • "If you haven't gotten ten to at least say they'll buy, where do you get your hubris to proclaim that thousands actually will buy?"
  • "Whandall understood that the word buy was an insult."
  • "He said media reports wrongly characterize what he called "buy and sell" shops as pawnshops in stories about police raids."