Pronunciation Verb

buy (buys, present participle buying; past bought, past participle bought)

  1. (transitive) To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods
    I'm going to buy my father something nice for his birthday.
    • Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries.
  2. (transitive) To obtain by some sacrifice.
    I've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Proverbs 23:23 ↗:
      Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
  3. (transitive) To bribe.
    He tried to buy me with gifts, but I wouldn't give up my beliefs.
  4. (transitive) To be equivalent to in value.
    The dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to.
  5. (transitive, informal) to accept as true; to believe
    I'm not going to buy your stupid excuses anymore!
  6. (intransitive) To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)
    She buys for Federated.
    Let's go out for dinner. I'm buying.
  7. (poker slang, transitive) To make a bluff, usually a large one.
    Smith tried to buy the pot on the river with a huge bluff
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buy (plural buys)

  1. Something which is bought; a purchase.
    At only $30, the second-hand kitchen table was a great buy.

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