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purchasing

If you are responsible for buying all the candy for a school sale, you are responsible for purchasing the candy. To make the job easier, you might start a purchasing committee. Purchasing is buying.

The word purchasing sounds more official than buying, but it means the same thing — acquiring something by paying for it. In larger businesses, the purchasing department or just "purchasing" is an entire section of the company dedicated to doing the buying. If you lead this department, you might joke that your job is Top Shopper.

Definitions of purchasing
  1. noun
    the act of buying
    “shrewd purchasing requires considerable knowledge”
    synonyms: buying
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    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
    marketing
    shopping at a market
    type of:
    purchase
    the acquisition of something for payment
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