What does buy mean?

Definitions for buybaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word buy.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buy

    bī, v.t. to purchase for money: to bribe: to obtain in exchange for something:—pr.p. buy′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. bought (bawt).—adj. Buy′able, capable of being bought.—n. Buy′er, one who buys, a purchaser.—Buy and sell (Shak.), to barter; Buy in, to purchase a stock: to buy back for the owner at an auction; Buy off, or out, to gain release from military service by payment of money; Buy over, to gain by bribery; Buy up, to purchase the whole stock. [A.S. bycgan; Goth. bugjan.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John C. Maxwell:

    People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

  2. Desiderius Erasmus:

    When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

  3. Lena Chen:

    That means I rarely buy in stores such as Suning or Best Buy, though they do help me decide what to buy.

  4. Will Rogers:

    Don't gamble take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it.

  5. George Horace Lorimer:

    It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.

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