buy

When you buy something, you pay money in order to own or obtain it. You might buy your mom a big bouquet of flowers for her birthday.

When you buy furniture, food, a car, or candy, you purchase it, exchanging a certain amount of money for it, and when you call something "a buy" or "a steal," it's a real bargain. When you say, "She said she won the lottery, but I don't buy it," you mean that you don't accept that fact as the truth. Even more colloquially, to buy it can also mean "to be killed."

Definitions of buy
  1. verb
    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
    “She buys for the big department store”
    synonyms: purchase
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    Antonyms:
    sell
    exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
    sell
    be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
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    buy back, repurchase
    buy what had previously been sold, lost, or given away
    take
    buy, select
    get
    purchase
    subscribe, subscribe to, take
    receive or obtain regularly
    buy out, buy up, take over
    take over ownership of; of corporations and companies
    pick up
    buy casually or spontaneously
    buy food, take out
    purchase prepared food to be eaten at home
    impulse-buy
    buy on impulse without proper reflection
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  2. verb
    be worth or be capable of buying
    “This sum will buy you a ride on the train”
    Synonyms:
    purchase
    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
    “This judge can be bought
    synonyms: bribe, corrupt, grease one's palms
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    sop
    give a conciliatory gift or bribe to
    buy off, pay off
    pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
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    pay
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  4. verb
    acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
    “She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work”
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  5. noun
    an advantageous purchase
    “the stock was a real buy at that price”
    synonyms: bargain, steal
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    song
    a very small sum
    travel bargain
    a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)
    type of:
    purchase
    something acquired by purchase
  6. verb
    accept as true
    “I can't buy this story”
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    type of:
    believe
    accept as true; take to be true
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