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."

Primary Meanings of buy

1.
vn
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
an advantageous purchase
2.
v
accept as true
Full Definitions of buy
1

v obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

“She buys for the big department store”
Synonyms:
purchase
Antonyms:
sell
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
sell
be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
show more antonyms...
Types:
show 8 types...
hide 8 types...
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

v 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
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

“This judge can be bought
Synonyms:
bribe, corrupt, grease one's palms
Types:
sop
give a conciliatory gift or bribe to
buy off, pay off
pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

v acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange

“She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work”
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

n an advantageous purchase

“the stock was a real buy at that price”
Synonyms:
bargain, steal
Types:
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
2

v accept as true

“I can't buy this story”
Type of:
believe
accept as true; take to be true

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.