What does buy mean?

Definitions for buy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word buy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bargain, buy, stealverb

    an advantageous purchase

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

  2. buy, purchaseverb

    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 palmsverb

    make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

    "This judge can be bought"

  4. buyverb

    be worth or be capable of buying

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

  5. buyverb

    acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange

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

  6. buyverb

    accept as true

    "I can't buy this story"


  1. buyverb

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

  2. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BUYverb

    preter. I bought; I have bought.

    Etymology: bicgean , Sax.

    They must buy up no corn growing within twelve miles of Geneva, that so the filling of their magazines may not prejudice their market. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    I have bought
    Golden opinions from all sorts of people. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Pent to linger
    But with a grain a day, I would not buy
    Their mercy at the price of one fair word. William Shakespeare, Coriol.

    Pleasure with praise, and danger they would buy,
    And with a foe that would not only fly. John Denham.

    You, and all the kings of christendom,
    Are led so grossly by this meddling priest,
    Dreading the curse that money may buy out. William Shakespeare, K. J.

    What pitiful things are power, rhetorick, or riches, when they would terrify, dissuade, or buy off conscience? South.

  2. To Buyverb

    To treat about a purchase.

    I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buyverb

    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. Buyverb

    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. Buyverb

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. buy

    To use a form of currency to purchase.

    They did buy food every week at the supermarket.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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  1. BUY

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BUY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Buy is ranked #113155 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Buy surname appeared 155 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Buy.

    47.1% or 73 total occurrences were White.
    38% or 59 total occurrences were Asian.
    9.6% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    4.5% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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  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

Examples of buy in a Sentence

  1. President Truman:

    Facts First : Denmark's annual subsidy to Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, is for less than $ 600 million.According to a representative from Greenland's Ministry of Finance, Head of Division Anders Fonnesbech-Wulff, the grant for 2019 is expected to amount to 3.86 billion Danish kroner( DKK), which is approximately $ 573 million. The amount has increased slightly over the years, from $ 547 million( 3.68 billion DKK) in 2016 to $ 553 million( 3.72 billion DKK) in 2017 to $ 568 million( 3.82 billion DKK) in 2018. All US dollar amounts are based on the Tuesday exchange rate.Greenland and TrumanTrump said that President Truman wanted to buy Greenland from Denmark, which is true. But he also said.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Since the stock market opening time, SBI Cap web trading platform is not working today while market is on downward trend. Its buy key work only when market is on up price but it does not take SALE command then and thus clients losses mount

  3. Spencer Leak:

    They come in with literally no money, and when I say 'no money' sometimes they cannot even afford to buy a suit or a dress for their loved one, they don't have transportation to even get to the funeral.

  4. Krishna Rao:

    We are confident enough in our models and The Zestimate for off-market homes to buy The Zestimate for off-market homes at that price.

  5. Protester Charles Baker:

    I can get a job anywhere, i need a job with benefits. I can't afford to buy healthcare.

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    a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap
    • A. abandon
    • B. crate
    • C. brasserie
    • D. tingle

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