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Meaning of bought by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /bɔːt/, X-SAMPA: /bO:t/
    • Rhymes: -ɔːt
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /bɔt/, X-SAMPA: /bOt/
    • ( cot–caught merger, Northern Cities Vowel Shift ) IPA: /bɑt/, X-SAMPA: /bAt/

    Etymology 1

    See buy



    1. Simple past tense and past participle of buy .
      She bought an expensive bag last week .
      People have bought gas masks .
      Our products can be bought at your local store .
    Usage notes

    It is common to hear native English speakers ( particularly in the UK, Australia and New Zealand ) using "bought" when meaning "brought" ( かつ vice versa ) despite the fact that the two words mean different things [1][2]. Sometimes this mistake makes its way into print[3] .

    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English bought, bowght, bouȝt, *buȝt, probably an alteration of Middle English bight, biȝt, byȝt ( “bend, bight” ) after Middle English bowen, buwen, buȝen ( “to bow, bend” ). Cognate with Scots boucht, bucht, bout ( “bend” ). More at bight .

    Alternative form

    • bout, bowt
    • boughte, bughte


    bought ( plural: boughts )

    1. ( obsolete ) A bend; flexure; curve; a hollow angle .
    2. ( obsolete ) A bend or hollow in a human or animal body .
    3. ( obsolete ) A curve or bend in a river, mountain chain, or other geographical feature.
    4. ( obsolete ) The part of a sling that contains the stone .
    5. ( obsolete ) A fold, bend, or coil in a tail, snake's body etc.

    See also

    • bought in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • The Oxford English Dictionary .

Definition of bought by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Bought n. [Cf. Dan. bugt bend, turning, Icel. buga. Cf. Bight, Bout, and see Bow to bend.]

    1. A flexure; a bend; a twist; a turn; a coil, as in a rope; as the boughts of a serpent. [Obs.] Spenser.

    The boughts of the fore legs. Sir T. Browne.

    2. The part of a sling that contains the stone. [Obs.]

  2. Bought imp. & p. p. of Buy.

  3. Bought, p. a. Purchased; bribed.

  4. Buy ( bī ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bought ( bat ); p. pr. & vb. n. Buying ( bīĭng ).] [OE. buggen, buggen, bien, AS. bycgan, akin to OS. buggean, Goth. bugjan.]
    1. 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.

    Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries. B. Franklin.

    2. To acquire or procure by something given or done in exchange, literally or figuratively; to get, at a cost or sacrifice; “buy pleasure with pain”.

    Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Prov. xxiii. 23.

    To buy again. See Againbuy. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- To buy off. To influence to compliance; to cause to bend or yield by some consideration; as, “to buy off conscience”. To detach by a consideration given; as, to buy off one from a party. -- To buy out To buy off, or detach from. Shak. To purchase the share or shares of in a stock, fund, or partnership, by which the seller is separated from the company, and the purchaser takes his place; as, “A buys out B”. To purchase the entire stock in trade and the good will of a business. -- To buy in, to purchase stock in any fund or partnership. -- To buy on credit, to purchase, on a promise, in fact or in law, to make payment at a future day. -- To buy the refusal ( of anything ), to give a consideration for the right of purchasing, at a fixed price, at a future time.