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Meaning of BUY

Pronunciation:  bI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price"
  2. [v]  accept as true; "I can't buy this story"
  3. [v]  obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store"
  4. [v]  acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange; "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"
  5. [v]  make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"
  6. [v]  be worth or be capable of buying; "This sum will buy you a ride on the train"

BUY is a 3 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bargain, bribe, corrupt, purchase, steal
 Antonyms: sell
 See Also: acquire, be, believe, buy food, buy in, buy off, buy out, buy up, choose, get, impulse-buy, pay, pay off, pick out, pick up, purchase, select, song, sop, stock, subscribe, subscribe to, take, take out, take over, travel bargain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bought}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Buying}.] [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; to buy pleasure with pain.
             Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and
             instruction, and understanding.       --Prov. xxiii.
    {To buy again}. See {Againbuy}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {To buy off}.
       (a) To influence to compliance; to cause to bend or yield
           by some consideration; as, to buy off conscience.
       (b) To detach by a consideration given; as, to buy off one
           from a party.
    {To buy out}
       (a) To buy off, or detach from. --Shak.
       (b) 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.
       (c) 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
  2. \Buy\, v. i.
    To negotiate or treat about a purchase.
          I will buy with you, sell with you.      --Shak.
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