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buy

 (bī)
v. bought (bôt), buy·ing, buys
v.tr.
1. To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase. See Note at boughten.
2. To be capable of purchasing: "Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy" (Ogden Nash).
3. To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade: wanted to buy love with gifts.
4. To bribe: tried to buy a judge.
5. Informal To accept the truth or feasibility of: The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding.
v.intr.
To purchase something; act as a purchaser.
n.
1. Something bought or for sale; a purchase.
2. An act of purchasing: a drug buy.
3. Something that is underpriced; a bargain.
Phrasal Verbs:
buy down
To pay an upfront fee to reduce (an interest rate) over part or all of the term of a loan.
buy into
1. To acquire a stake or interest in: bought into a risky real estate venture.
2. Informal To believe in, especially wholeheartedly or uncritically: couldn't buy into that brand of conservatism.
buy off
To bribe (an official, for example) in order to secure improper cooperation or gain exemption from a regulation or legal consequence.
buy out
To purchase the entire stock, business rights, or interests of.
buy up
To purchase all that is available of.
Idioms:
buy it Slang
To be killed.
buy the farm Slang
To die, especially suddenly or violently.
buy time
To increase the time available for a specific purpose: "A moderate recovery thus buys time for Congress and the Administration to whittle the deficit" (G. David Wallace).

[Middle English, from Old English bycgan.]

buy′a·ble adj.

buy

(baɪ)
vb (mainly tr) , buys, buying or bought
1. (Commerce) to acquire by paying or promising to pay a sum of money or the equivalent; purchase
2. to be capable of purchasing: money can't buy love.
3. to acquire by any exchange or sacrifice: to buy time by equivocation.
4. (Commerce) (intr) to act as a buyer
5. to bribe or corrupt; hire by or as by bribery
6. slang to accept as true, practical, etc
7. (Stock Exchange) (foll by: into) to purchase shares of (a company): we bought into General Motors.
8. (Theology) (tr) theol (esp of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian)
9. have bought it slang to be killed
n
a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)
[Old English bycgan; related to Old Norse byggja to let out, lend, Gothic bugjan to buy]
Usage: The use of off after buy as in I bought this off my neighbour was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts

buy

(baɪ)

v. bought, buy•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to acquire the possession of, esp. by paying an equivalent in money; purchase.
2. to acquire by exchange or concession: to buy favor with flattery.
3. to hire or obtain the services of.
4. to bribe.
5. to be the purchasing equivalent of: A dollar doesn't buy much these days.
6. Theol. to redeem; ransom.
7. Informal. to accept or believe: I don't buy that explanation.
v.i.
8. to be or become a purchaser.
9. buy into, to purchase a share, interest, or membership in.
10. buy off, to get rid of (a claim, opposition, etc.) by payment; bribe.
11. buy out, to purchase all the business shares belonging to (another).
12. buy up, to buy as much of (something) as is available.
n.
13. an act or instance of buying.
14. something bought; a purchase.
15. a bargain: The couch was a real buy.
Idioms:
buy it, Slang. to get killed.
[before 1000; Middle English byen, variant of byggen, buggen, Old English bycgan]

buy

When you buy something, you get it by paying money for it. The past tense and -ed participle of buy is bought.

I'm going to buy everything that I need today.
He bought a first-class ticket.

If you pay for a drink for someone else, you say that you buy them a drink.

Let me buy you a drink.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'Let me pay you a drink'.

buy


Past participle: bought
Gerund: buying

Imperative
buy
buy
Present
I buy
you buy
he/she/it buys
we buy
you buy
they buy
Preterite
I bought
you bought
he/she/it bought
we bought
you bought
they bought
Present Continuous
I am buying
you are buying
he/she/it is buying
we are buying
you are buying
they are buying
Present Perfect
I have bought
you have bought
he/she/it has bought
we have bought
you have bought
they have bought
Past Continuous
I was buying
you were buying
he/she/it was buying
we were buying
you were buying
they were buying
Past Perfect
I had bought
you had bought
he/she/it had bought
we had bought
you had bought
they had bought
Future
I will buy
you will buy
he/she/it will buy
we will buy
you will buy
they will buy
Future Perfect
I will have bought
you will have bought
he/she/it will have bought
we will have bought
you will have bought
they will have bought
Future Continuous
I will be buying
you will be buying
he/she/it will be buying
we will be buying
you will be buying
they will be buying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buying
you have been buying
he/she/it has been buying
we have been buying
you have been buying
they have been buying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buying
you will have been buying
he/she/it will have been buying
we will have been buying
you will have been buying
they will have been buying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buying
you had been buying
he/she/it had been buying
we had been buying
you had been buying
they had been buying
Conditional
I would buy
you would buy
he/she/it would buy
we would buy
you would buy
they would buy
Past Conditional
I would have bought
you would have bought
he/she/it would have bought
we would have bought
you would have bought
they would have bought
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buy - an advantageous purchasebuy - an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price"
purchase - something acquired by purchase
song - a very small sum; "he bought it for a song"
travel bargain - a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)
Verb1.buy - 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"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
buy back, repurchase - buy what had previously been sold, lost, or given away; "He bought back the house that his father sold years ago"
take - buy, select; "I'll take a pound of that sausage"
get - purchase; "What did you get at the toy store?"
subscribe to, subscribe, take - receive or obtain regularly; "We take the Times every day"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
buy out, buy up, take over - take over ownership of; of corporations and companies
pick up - buy casually or spontaneously; "I picked up some food for a snack"
buy food, take out - purchase prepared food to be eaten at home
impulse-buy - buy on impulse without proper reflection
buy - be worth or be capable of buying; "This sum will buy you a ride on the train"
buy out, buy up, take over - take over ownership of; of corporations and companies
buy in, stock up, stock - amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use; "let's stock coffee as long as prices are low"
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
2.buy - make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
sop - give a conciliatory gift or bribe to
buy off, pay off - pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
3.buy - be worth or be capable of buying; "This sum will buy you a ride on the train"
buy, purchase - 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"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
4.buy - acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange; "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
5.buy - accept as true; "I can't buy this story"
believe - accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits"

buy

verb
1. purchase, get, score (slang), secure, pay for, obtain, acquire, invest in, shop for, procure He could not afford to buy a house.
purchase sell, retail, auction, barter, vend
2. accept, believe, trust, credit, rely on, swallow (informal), have faith in, be persuaded of, place confidence in, presume true, take as gospel, take on I'm not buying any of that nonsense.
noun
1. purchase, deal, bargain, acquisition, steal (informal), snip (informal), giveaway a good buy
buy someone off bribe, square, fix (informal), pay off (informal), lure, corrupt, get at, suborn, grease someone's palm (slang), influence by gifts, oil the palm of (informal) policies designed to buy off the working-class

buy

verb
1. To acquire in exchange for money or something of equal value:
2. To give, offer, or promise a bribe to.Also used with off:
Informal: pay off.
3. Slang. To regard (something) as true or real:
Slang: swallow.
noun
1. Something bought or capable of being bought:
2. Informal. Something offered or bought at a low price:
Informal: deal.
Slang: steal.
Translations
اشترىيَشْتَرييَشتَري
koupitkupovat
købe
aĉeti
ostaauskoa
kupiti
vásárolvesz
beli
kaupa
買う
사다
emere
pirkti
pirkt
kupiti
köpa
ซื้อ
mua

buy

[baɪ] (bought (vb: pt, pp))
A. Ncompra f
a bad buyuna mala compra
a good buyuna buena compra
this month's best buyla mejor oferta del mes
B. VT
1. (= purchase) → comprar
to buy sth for sb; buy sb sthcomprar algo a algn
he bought me a braceletme compró una pulsera
let me buy it for youdeja que te lo compre
to buy sth from sbcomprar algo a algn
I bought it from my brother/the shop on the cornerse lo compré a mi hermano/lo compré en la tienda de la esquina
I can't get anyone to buy it off me >no consigo que me lo compre nadie
you can buy them cheaper in the supermarketen el supermercado los venden más baratos
money couldn't buy itno se puede comprar con dinero
their victory was dearly boughtla victoria les costó cara
2. (= bribe) → sobornar, comprar
3. (= believe) → creer, tragar
he won't buy that explanationno se va a tragar esa explicación
all right, I'll buy itbueno, te creo
4. he bought it (= died) → estiró la pata, la palmó (Sp)
buy back VT + ADVvolver a comprar
buy in VT + ADV (Brit) [+ food] → proveerse or abastecerse de (St Ex) → comprar (Fin) → comprar (por cuenta del dueño)
buy into VI + PREP
1. [+ company] → comprar acciones de
2. (fig) [+ idea] → apoyar
buy off VT + ADV (= bribe) → sobornar, comprar
buy out VT + ADV (Comm) [+ business, partner] → comprar su parte de
to buy o.s. out of the army pagar una suma de dinero para dejar el ejército antes del periodo acordado
buy up VT + ADV [+ property] → acaparar; [+ stock] → comprar todas las existencias de

buy

[ˈbaɪ]
vb [bought] [ˈbɔːt] (pt, pp)
vtacheter
to buy sb sth → acheter qch à qn
He bought me an ice cream → Il m'a acheté une glace.
I bought him an ice cream → Je lui ai acheté une glace.
to buy sb a drink → offrir un verre or à boire à qn
to buy sb lunch → inviter qn à déjeuner
to buy sth from sb → acheter qch à qn
I bought a watch from him → Je lui ai acheté une montre.
to buy sth off sb → racheter qch à qn
to buy sth from a shop → acheter qch dans un magasin
[+ company] → acheter
[+ time] → gagner
nachat m
That was a bad buy → C'était un mauvais achat.
a good buy (= good value) → une bonne affaire (= useful) → un bon achat
buy back
vtracheter
buy in
vt (British) [+ goods] → s'approvisionner en
buy into
vt (British) [+ company] → acheter des actions de; [+ industry] → investir dans
buy off
vt (= bribe) [+ voters, union, child] → amadouer; [+ witness] → acheter
buy out
vt
[+ partner] → désintéresser
[+ business] → racheter
buy up
vt [+ land, property, commodity] → acheter en bloc, raflerbuy-back [ˈbaɪbæk] n [shares] → rachat m

buy

vb: pret, ptp <bought>
vt
(= purchase)kaufen; (Rail) ticket alsolösen; there are some things that money can’t buyes gibt Dinge, die man nicht kaufen kann; all that money can buyalles, was man mit Geld kaufen kann; to buy and sell goodsWaren an- und verkaufen
(fig) victory, famesich (dat)erkaufen; timegewinnen; (= bribe)bestechen, kaufen; the victory was dearly boughtder Sieg war teuer erkauft
to buy something (inf: = accept) → etw akzeptieren; I’ll buy thatdas ist o.k. (inf); (= believe)ja, das glaube ich
(inf, = be killed) he bought itden hats erwischt (inf)
vikaufen
n (inf)Kauf m; to be a good buyein guter Kauf sein; (clothes also, food)preiswert sein

buy

[baɪ] (bought (vb: pt, pp))
1. n a good/bad buyun buon/cattivo acquisto or affare m
2. vtcomprare, acquistare; (tickets, petrol) → fare, prendere (Comm) (company) → acquistare (fig) (time) → guadagnare
to buy sb sth/sth from sb → comprare qc per qn/qc da qn
the victory was dearly bought → la vittoria è stata pagata a caro prezzo
to buy sb a drink → offrire da bere a qn
he won't buy that explanation (fam) → quella scusa non se la beve
buy back vt + advriprendersi, prendersi indietro
buy in vt + adv (Brit) (goods) → far provvista di
buy into vi + prep (Brit) (Comm) → acquistare delle azioni di
buy off vt + adv (fam) (bribe) → comprare
buy out vt + adv (business) → rilevare
buy up vt + adv (property) → accaparrarsi

buy

(bai) present participle ˈbuying: past tense, past participle bought (boːt) verb
to get (something) by exchanging it for money. He has bought a car.

buy

يَشتَري koupit købe kaufen αγοράζω comprar ostaa acheter kupiti acquistare 買う 사다 kopen kjøpe kupić comprar покупать köpa ซื้อ satın almak mua

buy

vt. comprar, obtener, hacer una compra.
References in classic literature ?
I agree not to expect anything from Mother or you, but I do want to buy UNDINE AND SINTRAM for myself.
He began to buy machines that would permit him to do the work of the farms while employing fewer men and he sometimes thought that if he were a younger man he would give up farming altogether and start a factory in Winesburg for the making of machinery.
Couldn't we settle down and live in Russian Peter's house, Yulka asked, and couldn't I go to town and buy things for us to keep house with?
It will buy a handsome wedding present for Sister Janet
Tell him to trust you with the means to buy the freedom of his daughters.
There was nothing left for me to do but to buy up Thompson's saloon.
Had this wealth been in her power, how gladly would Hepzibah have bestowed it all upon her iron-hearted kinsman, to buy for Clifford the freedom and seclusion of the desolate old house
Why did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate whether to buy him a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian trip to Rockaway Beach?
I hope you will fall into good hands; but a horse never knows who may buy him, or who may drive him; it is all a chance for us; but still I say, do your best wherever it is, and keep up your good name.
Do you know that you can buy one for less than your rent?
Respectable families would be more apt to buy you, if they saw you looked plain and decent, as if you wasn't trying to look handsome.
What do you pay for beef and mutton -- when you buy it?