buying

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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 bien, beyen, from Old English bycgan, byg-; akin to Gothic bugjan, from Germanic *bugjanan, of unknown origin.]

buy′a·ble adj.
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buying

(ˈbaɪɪŋ)
n
1.
a. the action or an instance of purchasing something
b. (as modifier): buying patterns.
2. (Economics) (as modifier): buying patterns.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buying - the act of buyingbuying - the act of buying; "buying and selling fill their days"; "shrewd purchasing requires considerable knowledge"
purchase - the acquisition of something for payment; "they closed the purchase with a handshake"
shopping - searching for or buying goods or services; "went shopping for a reliable plumber"; "does her shopping at the mall rather than down town"
catalog buying, mail-order buying - buying goods to be shipped through the mail
viatication, viaticus - purchasing insurance policies for cash from terminally ill policy holders
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Translations

buying

[ˈbaɪɪŋ]
A. Ncompra f
B. CPD buying power Npoder m adquisitivo
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They were prepared for him to play, and, when heavy buying of Ward Valley began, it was quickly decided that he was the operator.
By freedom is meant, under the present bourgeois conditions of production, free trade, free selling and buying. But if selling and buying disappears, free selling and buying disappears also.
In buying spectacles the needless outlay for the right lens soon reduced him to poverty, and the Man to Whom Time Was Money had to sustain life by fishing from the end of a wharf.
Now, for the purpose, therefore, of a romance that makes no pretence to reasonableness, I had very good reasons for buying that petticoat, which (the reasons, not the petticoat) I will now lay before you.
You are buying wine at a cabaret in the Place de Greve!"
'No fear, we shan't lose him this time!' he said to himself, referring to his getting the peasant warm with the same boastfulness with which he spoke of his buying and selling.
AFTER LENA CAME To Black Hawk, I often met her downtown, where she would be matching sewing silk or buying `findings' for Mrs.
He was buying three hundred for himself and suggested that Philip should do the same.
Nobody beneath the nobleman, or the gentleman of ancient lineage, so much as thought of buying a modern picture.
We've picked our books up through the years, here and there, never buying one until we had first read it and knew that it belonged to the race of Joseph."
It irritated her, but she was ashamed to confess it, and now and then she tried to console herself by buying something pretty, so that Sallie needn't think she had to economize.
I am buying you, and I knew that you knew it, but I thought you would prefer to pretend that it was otherwise.