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Meaning of buy by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English byen, biggen, buggen, from Old English bycġan ( “to buy, pay for, acquire, redeem, ransom, procure, get done, sell” ), from Proto-Germanic *bugjanan ( “to buy” ), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bhūgh- ( “to bend” ), or from Proto-Indo-European *bheugh- ( “to take away, deliver” ). Cognate with Scots by ( “to buy, purchase” ), Old Saxon buggian, buggean ( “to buy” ), Old Norse byggja ( “to procure a wife, lend at interest, let out” ), Gothic ������������ ( bugjan, “to buy” ) .


    • enPR: bī, IPA: /baɪ/, X-SAMPA: /baI/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ
    • Homophone: bi, bye, by


    buy ( third-person singular simple present buys present participle buying, simple past and past participle bought )

    1. ( transitive ) To obtain ( something ) in exchange for money or goods
      I'm going to buy my father something nice for his birthday .
    2. ( transitive ) To obtain by some sacrifice .
      I've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams .
    3. ( transitive ) To bribe .
      He tried to buy me with gifts, but I wouldn't give up my beliefs .
    4. ( transitive ) To be equivalent to in value .
      The dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to.'
    5. ( transitive, informal ) to accept as true; to believe
      I'm not going to buy your stupid excuses anymore!
    6. ( intransitive ) To make a purchase or purchases, to treat ( for a meal )
      She buys for Federated .
      Let's go out for dinner. I'm buying .
    7. ( poker slang, transitive ) To make a bluff, usually a large one .
      Smith tried to buy the pot on the river with a huge bluff



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    • aby


    buy ( plural: buys )

    1. Something which is bought; a purchase .
      At only $30, the second-hand kitchen table was a great buy .


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    See also

    • buy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • buy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of buy by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. accept as true

    2. I can't buy this story
    3. obtain by purchase

    4. She buys for the big department store
    5. acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange

    6. She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work
    7. make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

    8. be worth or be capable of buying

    9. This sum will buy you a ride on the train
    1. an advantageous purchase

    2. the stock was a real buy at that price

    Definition of buy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Buy, v. i. To negotiate or treat about a purchase.

      I will buy with you, sell with you. Shak.