Definitions for buybaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

buybaɪ(v.; n.)bought, buy•ing

  1. (v.t.)to acquire the possession of, esp. by paying an equivalent in money; purchase.

  2. to acquire by exchange or concession:

    to buy favor with flattery.

  3. to hire or obtain the services of.

  4. to bribe.

  5. to be the purchasing equivalent of:

    A dollar doesn't buy much these days.

  6. Theol. to redeem; ransom.

  7. Informal. to accept or believe:

    I don't buy that explanation.

    Category: Informal

  8. (v.i.)to be or become a purchaser.

  9. buy into, to purchase a share, interest, or membership in.

    Category: Business, Verb Phrase

  10. buy off, to get rid of (a claim, opposition, etc.) by payment; bribe.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  11. buy out, to purchase all the business shares belonging to (another).

    Category: Verb Phrase, Business

  12. buy up, to buy as much of (something) as is available.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. (n.)an act or instance of buying.

  14. something bought; a purchase.

  15. a bargain:

    The couch was a real buy.

Idioms for buy:

  1. buy it,Slang. to get killed.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

Origin of buy:

bef. 1000; ME byen, var. of byggen, buggen, OE bycgan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bargain, buy, steal(verb)

    an advantageous purchase

    "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price"

  2. buy, purchase(verb)

    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

    "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store"

  3. bribe, corrupt, buy, grease one's palms(verb)

    make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

    "This judge can be bought"

  4. buy(verb)

    be worth or be capable of buying

    "This sum will buy you a ride on the train"

  5. buy(verb)

    acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange

    "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"

  6. buy(verb)

    accept as true

    "I can't buy this story"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. buy(verb)ɪ

    ≠ sell

    She bought a dozen eggs.; I'm buying my mother a present.; James bought them from the thrift shop; to buy 40 computers for the office

  2. buyɪ

    to believe what sb says

    I don't buy their story.

  3. buyɪ

    to do sth that gives you extra time to decide, finish, etc.

    kept talking to buy time

  4. buy(noun)ɪ

    sth worth or not worth the money spent to buy it

    Is organic food really a better buy?


  1. buy(Verb)

    To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)

  2. Origin: From byen, biggen, buggen, from bycgan, from bugjanan, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from bhūgh-, or from bheugh-. Cognate with by, buggian, buggean, byggja, Gothic 0331033F0332033E0330033D.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buy(verb)

    to acquire the ownership of (property) by giving an accepted price or consideration therefor, or by agreeing to do so; to acquire by the payment of a price or value; to purchase; -- opposed to sell

  2. Buy(verb)

    to acquire or procure by something given or done in exchange, literally or figuratively; to get, at a cost or sacrifice; to buy pleasure with pain

  3. Buy(verb)

    to negotiate or treat about a purchase

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'buy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #974

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'buy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #359

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'buy' in Verbs Frequency: #84

Translations for buy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to get (something) by exchanging it for money

He has bought a car.

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