What does purchase mean?

Definitions for purchase
ˈpɜr tʃəspur·chase

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. purchasenoun

    the acquisition of something for payment

    "they closed the purchase with a handshake"

  2. purchasenoun

    something acquired by purchase

  3. purchasenoun

    a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage

    "he could get no purchase on the situation"

  4. leverage, purchaseverb

    the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever

  5. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. purchasenoun

    The act or process of seeking and obtaining something (e.g. property, etc.)

  2. purchasenoun

    An individual item one has purchased.

  3. purchasenoun

    The acquisition of title to, or property in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.

    They offer free with the purchase of a drink.

  4. purchasenoun

    That which is obtained, got or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.

  5. purchasenoun

    That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.

    He was pleased with his latest purchase.

  6. purchasenoun

    (uncountable) Any mechanical hold or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle or capstan.

    It is hard to get purchase on a nail without a pry bar or hammer.

  7. purchasenoun

    The apparatus, tackle or device by which such mechanical advantage is gained.

  8. purchasenoun

    (rock climbing, uncountable) The amount of hold one has from an individual foothold or ledge.

  9. purchasenoun

    Acquisition of lands or tenements by means other than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.

  10. purchaseverb

    To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.

  11. purchaseverb

    To buy, obtain by payment of a price in money or its equivalent.

    to purchase land, to purchase a house.

  12. purchaseverb

    To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.

    to purchase favor with flattery.

  13. purchaseverb

    To expiate by a fine or forfeit.

  14. purchaseverb

    To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to.

    to purchase a cannon

  15. purchaseverb

    To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self.

  16. purchaseverb

    To constitute the buying power for a purchase, have a trading value.

    Many aristocratic refugees' portable treasures purchased their safe passage and comfortable exile during the revolution

  17. Etymology: From purchasen, from purchacer from pur- (pro-) + chacer. Compare porchacier, which has given pourchasser.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Purchasenoun

    Etymology: pourchas, old Fr. from the verb.

    He that procures his child a good mind, makes a better purchase for him, than if he laid out the money for an addition to his former acres. John Locke, on Education.

    Our thriving dean has purchas’d land;
    A purchase which will bring him clear
    Above his rent four pounds a year. Jonathan Swift.

    A beauty waining and distressed widow
    Made prize and purchase of his wanton eye;
    Seduc’d the pitch and height of all his thoughts
    To base declension. William Shakespeare.

    The fox repairs to the wolf’s cell, and takes possession of his stores; but he had little joy of the purchase. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To PURCHASEverb

    Etymology: pourchasser, Fr.

    You have many a purchas’d slave,
    Which like your asses, and your dogs and mules,
    You use in abject and in slavish part. William Shakespeare.

    His sons buried him in the cave, which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth. Gen. xxv.

    A world who would not purchase with a bruise. John Milton.

    I will be deaf to pleading and excuses,
    Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses;
    Therefore use none. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purchaseverb

    to pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire

  2. Purchaseverb

    to obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house

  3. Purchaseverb

    to obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery

  4. Purchaseverb

    to expiate by a fine or forfeit

  5. Purchaseverb

    to acquire by any means except descent or inheritance

  6. Purchaseverb

    to buy for a price

  7. Purchaseverb

    to apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to; as, to purchase a cannon

  8. Purchaseverb

    to put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self

  9. Purchaseverb

    to acquire wealth or property

  10. Purchaseverb

    the act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything

  11. Purchaseverb

    the act of seeking and acquiring property

  12. Purchaseverb

    the acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent

  13. Purchaseverb

    that which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition

  14. Purchaseverb

    that which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent

  15. Purchaseverb

    any mechanical hold, or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle, capstan, and the like; also, the apparatus, tackle, or device by which the advantage is gained

  16. Purchaseverb

    acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement

  17. Etymology: [OE. purchds, F. pourchas eager pursuit. See Purchase, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Purchase

    Purchase, New York is a hamlet of the town of Harrison, in Westchester County. Its ZIP code is 10577. Its name is derived from Harrison's purchase, for Harrison could have as much land as he could ride in one day. Purchase is home to State University of New York at Purchase, Manhattanville College and the Westchester County Airport.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purchase

    pur′chās, v.t. to acquire by seeking: to obtain by paying: to obtain by labour, danger, &c.: (law) to get in any way other than by inheritance: to raise or move by mechanical means: (Shak.) to expiate by a fine or forfeit.—n. act of purchasing: that which is purchased or got for a price: value, advantage, worth: any mechanical power or advantage in raising or moving bodies.—adj. Pur′chasable, that may be purchased: (hence of persons) venal, corrupt.—n. Pur′chaser.—Purchase money, the money paid, or to be paid, for anything; Purchase shears, a very strong kind of shears, with removable cutters, and a strong spring at the back; Purchase system, the method by which, before 1871, commissions in the British army could be bought.—(So many) years' purchase, a price paid for a house, an estate, &c. equal to the amount of the rent or income during the stated number of years. [O. Fr. porchacier (Fr. pourchasser), to seek eagerly, pursue—pur (L. pro), for, chasser, to chase.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. purchase

    Any mechanical power which increases the force applied. It is of large importance to nautical men in the combinations of pulleys, as whip, gun-tackle, luff-tackle, jeer, viol, luff upon luff, runner, double-runner, capstan, windlass, &c.

  2. purchase

    Ropes rove through two large purchase-blocks at the mast-head of a whaler, and made fast to the blubber-guy, for hoisting the blubber from a whale.

Editors Contribution

  1. purchase

    To use currency to have goods, products or services.

    They choose to purchase a new dress and suit for their wedding, they choose simple designs as their love is what is important

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purchase' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3212

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purchase' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4763

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purchase' in Nouns Frequency: #1145

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purchase' in Verbs Frequency: #511

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purchase in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purchase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of purchase in a Sentence

  1. Angela McIntyre:

    Purchasing the Watch in a physical Apple store would be preferable to many people versus buying it online, the purchase experience for luxury goods is different than for consumer electronics, and Apple Watch can be considered a luxury item.

  2. Rena Singer:

    Incredible things are going on in Rwanda when it comes to women's land rights, if women can't inherit land, we see the continuation of inequality between genders. The only way most poor people get resources in their lifetime is to inherit - they don't have the money to purchase land.

  3. Carsten Hamann:

    Kids who have eczema or atopic dermatitis use more lotions and creams and ointments, etc. Ostensibly, their caregivers who purchase these products to use on the kids' skin, give preference to products using these meaningless marketing terms.

  4. Freddie Mac:

    The combination of swift home price growth and the fastest mortgage rate increase in over forty years is finally affecting purchase demand.

  5. Nadir Shah:

    I know I’ll have to spend half of my earnings to purchase the potato seed for my next crop.

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