Pronunciation: (pûr'chus), [key]
—v., -chased, -chas•ing,
1. to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent; buy.
2. to acquire by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.
3. to influence by a bribe.
4. to be sufficient to buy: Twenty dollars purchases a subscription.
5. Law.to acquire (land or other property) by means other than inheritance.
6. to move, haul, or raise, esp. by applying mechanical power.
7. to get a leverage on; apply a lever, pulley, or other aid to.
8. Obs.to procure, acquire, or obtain.
to buy something.
1. acquisition by the payment of money or its equivalent; buying, or a single act of buying.
2. something that is purchased or bought.
3. something purchased, with respect to value in relation to price; buy: At three for a dollar they seemed like a good purchase.
4. Law.the acquisition of land or other property by means other than inheritance.
5. acquisition by means of effort, labor, etc.: the purchase of comfort at the price of freedom.
6. a lever, pulley, or other device that provides mechanical advantage or power for moving or raising a heavy object.
7. an effective hold or position for applying power in moving or raising a heavy object; leverage.
8. any means of applying or increasing power, influence, etc.
9. the annual return or rent from land.
10. a firm grip or grasp, footing, etc., on something.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.