purchase

When you purchase a pair of shoes, you buy them. If you want to gain purchase, or favor, with new friends, you might tell them about your recent purchase of chocolate, and offer to share.

Purchase can refer to the act of buying or the thing you bought. In 1803, the United States paid France approximately $15,000,000 for 800,000 acres of land which was called Louisiana, in a transaction known as the Louisiana Purchase. In this transaction, the purchase nearly doubled the size of the U.S. –– the territory purchased comprises about 23 percent of current US land.

Primary Meanings of purchase

1.
vn
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
something acquired by purchase
2.
n
the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
Full Definitions of purchase
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v obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

“The family purchased a new car”
Synonyms:
buy
buy
be worth or be capable of buying
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

n something acquired by purchase

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stock buyback
a corporation's purchase of its own outstanding stock; increases earnings/share so stock price rises (which can discourage a takeover attempt)
bargain, buy, steal
an advantageous purchase
song
a very small sum
travel bargain
a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)
Type of:
acquisition
something acquired

n the acquisition of something for payment

“they closed the purchase with a handshake”
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buyback, redemption, repurchase
the act of purchasing back something previously sold
buying, purchasing
the act of buying
shopping
searching for or buying goods or services
catalog buying, mail-order buying
buying goods to be shipped through the mail
viatication, viaticus
purchasing insurance policies for cash from terminally ill policy holders
Type of:
acquisition
the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
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n the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever

Synonyms:
leverage
Type of:
mechanical phenomenon
a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects

n a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage

“he could get no purchase on the situation”
Type of:
influence
the effect of one thing (or person) on another

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