Definition of purchase in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərCHəs/


[with object]
1Acquire (something) by paying for it; buy: Mr. Gill spotted the manuscript at a local auction and purchased it for $1,500
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  • Just visit your local outdoor shop and purchase a good set of waterproofs that blend in with the countryside.
  • She said offers had been received and they would like to see the property being purchased by locals.
  • Do you accept that some interest assigned to that part of the loan which went to purchasing the investment property is deductible?
buy, pay for, acquire, obtain, pick up, snap up, take, procure;
invest in
informal get hold of, score
1.1 archaic Obtain or achieve with effort or suffering: the victory was purchased by the death of Rhiwallon
2 Nautical Haul in (a rope or cable) or haul up (an anchor) by means of a pulley, lever, etc.


1The action of buying something: the large number of videos currently available for purchase we carefully make our purchases after consulting each other
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  • However renovation work would use up all the council's funds and that upset 13 councillors from across the political spectrum who wanted to block the purchase.
  • The object of the purchase was that the Block should be converted into residential flats which would then be sold on.
  • From vending machine purchases to Morale, Welfare and Recreation tickets, any cash purchase aboard ship will require a Navy Cash Card.
1.1A thing that has been bought: she stowed her purchases in the car
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  • Climbing aboard, they stow their purchases within the truck's cabin, where they will lie protected from wind and possible rain.
  • They had a light lunch on board the ship, after stowing their purchases.
  • As you enter the home straight, you must be able to stow the purchases away within three minutes of entering and disposing of carrier bags where they will not be found.
1.2 Law The acquisition of property by means other than inheritance.
Example sentences
  • The Madam Justice dealt with an appeal in which the construction of an agreement of purchase and sale of real property was in issue.
  • This case concerned a contract for the sale and purchase of a property in London, the title to which was registered.
  • Simply put, can the commission clause in the agreement of purchase and sale amend the commission rate stipulated in the listing agreement?
acquisition, buy, investment, order, bargain;
shopping, goods
1.3 archaic The annual rent or return from land.
2A hold or position on something for applying power advantageously, or the advantage gained by such application: the horse’s hooves fought for purchase on the slippery pavement [in singular]: an attempt to gain a purchase on the soft earth
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  • Such wider knowledge is firmer purchase on the worldly things and neighbors God has given us to honor and conserve.
  • It didn't come in his lifetime; a catalyst and a visionary, he seemed to be moving too fast to gain purchase on his value system.
  • It took him a few more moments to figure out how to gain purchase on the surface with his feet, but as soon as he had that, he was off!
grip, grasp, hold, foothold, toehold, anchorage, attachment, support;
resistance, friction, leverage
2.1A block and tackle.



Pronunciation: /ˈpərCHəsəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • You or I could probably do it ourselves out in the garage with a few common implements and supplies purchasable at the local Home Depot!
  • The bottom line is as long as health care is a purchasable commodity, women will not be getting the care they need.
  • A market for purchasable goods, services or commodities will function very differently from a market for events.


Middle English: from Old French pourchacier 'seek to obtain or bring about', the earliest sense also in English, which soon gave rise to the senses 'gain' (hence, in nautical use, the notion of “gaining” one portion of rope after another) and 'buy'.

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Syllabification: pur·chase

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