[bahy] /baɪ/

verb (used with object), bought, buying.
to acquire the possession of, or the right to, by paying or promising to pay an equivalent, especially in money; purchase.
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 Theology. to redeem; ransom.
Cards. to draw or be dealt (a card):
He bought an ace.

verb (used without object), bought, buying.
to be or become a purchaser.
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.
Verb phrases
buy down, to lower or reduce (the mortgage interest rate) by means of a buy-down.
buy in,

Also, buy into.
buy into, to purchase a share, interest, or membership in:
They tried to buy into the club but were not accepted.
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.
buy 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.
buy it, Slang. to get killed:
He bought it at Dunkirk.
verb (mainly transitive) buys, buying, bought
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) foll by into. to purchase shares of (a company): we bought into General Motors
(transitive) (theol) (esp of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian)
(slang) have bought it, to be killed
a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)

Old English bycgan (past tense bohte) “to buy, pay for, acquire; redeem, ransom; procure; get done,” from Proto-Germanic *bugjanan (cf. Old Saxon buggjan, Old Norse byggja, Gothic bugjan), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.

The surviving spelling is southwest England dialect; the word was generally pronounced in Old English and Middle English with a -dg- sound as “budge,” or “bidge.” Meaning “believe, accept as true” first recorded 1926. Related: Bought; buying. To buy time “prevent further deterioration but make no improvement” is attested from 1946.

“a purchase,” especially a worthwhile one, 1879, American English, from buy (v.).


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