verb (buys, buying; past and past participle bought /bôt/)
1obtain in exchange for payment:we had to find some money to buy a househe had been able to buy up hundreds of acres [with two objects]:he bought me a new dress [no object]:had no interest in buying into an entertainment company
(buy someone out) pay someone to give up an ownership, interest, or share.
procure the loyalty and support of (someone) by bribery:here was a man who could not be boughtI’ll buy off the investigators
[often with negative] be a means of obtaining (something) through exchange or payment:money can’t buy happiness
get by sacrifice or great effort:greatness is dearly bought
[no object] make a profession of purchasing goods for a store or firm.
2 informal accept the truth of:I am not prepared to buy the claim that the ends justify the means [no object]:I hate to buy into stereotypes
3 (bought it) informal used to say that someone has died:his friends had bought it in the jungle
a purchase:the wine is a good buy at $3.49
an act of purchasing something:out on a produce buy for the restaurant
buy the farm
North American informal die:I refused to admit to my recklessness, even when I nearly bought the farm
delay an event temporarily so as to have longer to improve one’s own position.