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pur·chase

 (pûr′chĭs)
tr.v. pur·chased, pur·chas·ing, pur·chas·es
1. To obtain in exchange for money or its equivalent; buy.
2. To acquire by effort; earn: purchased the victory with the loss of many lives.
3. To pull or haul by means of a mechanical device, such as a winch.
n.
1.
a. The act or an instance of buying: the sudden purchase of a car.
b. Something bought: That hat was a wise purchase.
2.
a. A hold or position that allows the application of power, as in moving something: got a purchase for her foot and climbed up.
b. A device, such as a pulley, used to obtain mechanical advantage.
c. A means or advantage that allows the increase of power or influence.

[Middle English purchasen, to pursue, purchase, from Old French purchacier : pur-, forth (from Latin prō-; see per in Indo-European roots) + chacier, to chase; see chase1.]

pur′chas·er n.

purchasing

(ˈpɜːtʃɪsɪŋ)
n
1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms)
a. the process of buying goods or products within an organization
b. (as modifier): a purchasing manager.
2. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (as modifier): a purchasing manager.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purchasing - the act of buyingpurchasing - 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
Translations

purchasing

[ˈpɜːtʃɪsɪŋ]
A. Ncompra f
B. CPD purchasing department Ndepartamento m de compras
purchasing officer Nagente mf de compra
purchasing power N [of person, currency] → poder m adquisitivo

purchasing

:
purchasing agent
n (Comm) → Einkäufer(in) m(f)
purchasing association
n (Comm) → Einkaufsgenossenschaft f
purchasing power
nKaufkraft f
References in classic literature ?
On his way he met a man on horseback who begged the hare of him, under the pretense of purchasing it.
Here are children in abundance, and what benefit could have accrued to me from his purchasing Vernon?
Nothing was wanting to enable him to enter upon the immediate execution of this plan, but the death of Mr Allworthy; in calculating which he had employed much of his own algebra, besides purchasing every book extant that treats of the value of lives, reversions, &c.
Captain Peleg seldom or never went ashore, but sat in his wigwam keeping a sharp look-out upon the hands: Bildad did all the purchasing and providing at the stores; and the men employed in the hold and on the rigging were working till long after night-fall.
Moreover, it is necessary to instruct children in what is useful, not only on account of its being useful in itself, as, for instance, to learn to read, but also as the means of acquiring other different sorts of instruction: thus they should be instructed in painting, not only to prevent their being mistaken in purchasing pictures, or in buying or selling of vases, but rather as it makes [1338b] them judges of the beauties of the human form; for to be always hunting after the profitable ill agrees with great and freeborn souls.
A mania for purchasing spread itself throughout the several bands--munitions for war, for hunting, for gallantry, were seized upon with equal avidity--rifles, hunting knives, traps, scarlet cloth, red blankets, garish beads, and glittering trinkets, were bought at any price, and scores run up without any thought how they were ever to be rubbed off.

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