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. purchase(noun)

    the acquisition of something for payment

    "they closed the purchase with a handshake"

  2. purchase(noun)

    something acquired by purchase

  3. purchase(noun)

    a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage

    "he could get no purchase on the situation"

  4. leverage, purchase(verb)

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

  5. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. purchase(Noun)

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

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

  2. purchase(Noun)

    An individual item one has purchased.

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

  3. purchase(Noun)

    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.

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

  4. purchase(Noun)

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

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

  5. purchase(Noun)

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

    He was pleased with his latest purchase.

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

  6. purchase(Noun)

    (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.

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

  7. purchase(Noun)

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

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

  8. purchase(Noun)

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

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

  9. purchase(Noun)

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

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

  10. purchase(Verb)

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

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

  11. purchase(Verb)

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

    to purchase land, to purchase a house.

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

  12. purchase(Verb)

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

    to purchase favor with flattery.

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

  13. purchase(Verb)

    To expiate by a fine or forfeit.

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

  14. purchase(Verb)

    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

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

  15. purchase(Verb)

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

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

  16. purchase(Verb)

    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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purchase(verb)

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

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

  2. Purchase(verb)

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

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

  3. Purchase(verb)

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

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

  4. Purchase(verb)

    to expiate by a fine or forfeit

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

  5. Purchase(verb)

    to acquire by any means except descent or inheritance

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

  6. Purchase(verb)

    to buy for a price

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

  7. Purchase(verb)

    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

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

  8. Purchase(verb)

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

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

  9. Purchase(verb)

    to acquire wealth or property

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

  10. Purchase(verb)

    the act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything

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

  11. Purchase(verb)

    the act of seeking and acquiring property

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

  12. Purchase(verb)

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

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

  13. Purchase(verb)

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

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

  14. Purchase(verb)

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

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

  15. Purchase(verb)

    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

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

  16. Purchase(verb)

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

    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 buy.

    They did purchase a new dress and suit for their wedding, they chose simple ones as their love was more important than anything else.

    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

How to pronounce purchase?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say purchase in sign language?

  1. purchase

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. Thomas Mangan:

    It wasn't a disqualifying prohibition for him to own, possess or purchase a weapon as far as we were concerned.

  2. Safeer Hussain:

    The tariff applicable for purchase of electricity from the consumer will be the same at which he has been billed by the company for electric power.

  3. Vincent Gu:

    It's difficult to purchase the critical technology. China should stay firmly grounded and persevere with researching the technology itself.

  4. Alan Kang:

    The negative effect of cutting purchase tax in 2015-2017 has disappeared, and car sales in lower-tier cities are expected to recover, the easing of trade tensions between China and the United States has also helped restore consumer confidence.

  5. Norbert Wuthe:

    The market expects a broadening of the purchase programme as well as a cut in the deposit rate, but expectations have gone quite far since we had rumours last week of a possible two-tier deposit rate cut.

Images & Illustrations of purchase

  1. purchasepurchasepurchasepurchasepurchase

Popularity rank by frequency of use

purchase#1#952#10000

Translations for purchase

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for purchase »

Translation

Find a translation for the purchase definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these purchase definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"purchase." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 5 Jul 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/purchase>.

Are we missing a good definition for purchase? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for purchase:


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.