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purchase - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'purchase' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Purchase [ v. i.]
- To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self.
- To acquire wealth or property.
2 . Purchase [ v. t.]
- To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.
- To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house.
- To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.
- To expiate by a fine or forfeit.
- To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.
- To buy for a price.
- 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.
- The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything.
- The act of seeking and acquiring property.
- The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
- That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.
- That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.
- 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.
- Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.

Meaning of 'purchase' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . purchase [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
Example in sentence:
  • he could get no purchase on the situation
Meaning (2):
- the acquisition of something for payment
Example in sentence:
  • they closed the purchase with a handshake
3 . purchase [ v]
Meaning (3):
- obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
Example in sentence:
  • She buys for the big department store;
  • The conglomerate acquired a new company;
  • The family purchased a new car