- enPR: bī, IPA: /baɪ/, X-SAMPA: /baI/
- Rhymes: -aɪ
- Homophone: bi, bye, by
- ( transitive ) To obtain ( something ) in exchange for money or goods
- ( transitive ) To obtain by some sacrifice .
- ( transitive ) To bribe .
- ( transitive ) To be equivalent to in value .
- ( transitive, informal ) to accept as true; to believe
- ( intransitive ) To make a purchase or purchases, to treat ( for a meal )
- ( poker slang, transitive ) To make a bluff, usually a large one .
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” ) .
buy ( plural: buys )
Explanation of buy by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
- Buy, v. i. To negotiate or treat about a purchase.
I will buy with you, sell with you. Shak.
Definition of buy by GCIDE Dictionary