purchase

purchase (v.) late 13c., "obtain, contrive, bring about," from Anglo-Fr. purchaser "go after," from pur- "forth" (possibly used here as an intensive prefix; see PURBLIND (Cf. purblind)) + O.Fr. chacier "run after" (see CHASE (Cf. chase)). Sense of "buy" first recorded late 14c., though the word continued to be used for "to get by conquest in war, obtain as booty" up to 17c. Noun meaning "that which is bought" is recorded from 1580s. The sense of "hold or position for advantageously applying power" (1711) is extended from the nautical verb meaning "to haul or draw (especially by mechanical power)," used especially of hauling up anchors, and attested from 1560s.

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  • Purchase — Pur chase (?; 48), n. [OE. purchds, F. pourchas eager pursuit. See {Purchase}, v. t.] 1. The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I ll . . . get meat to have thee, Or lose my life in the purchase. Beau. & Fl.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purchase — pur·chase 1 vb pur·chased, pur·chas·ing vt 1: to acquire (real property) by means other than descent or inheritance 2: to obtain by paying money or giving other valuable consideration; specif: to take (property) by a voluntary transaction (as a… …   Law dictionary

  • Purchase — Pur chase (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purchased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Purchasing}.] [OE. purchasen, porchacen, OF. porchacier, purchacier, to pursue, to seek eagerly, F. pourchasser; OF. pour, por, pur, for (L. pro) + chacier to pursue, to chase.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purchase — ist der Familienname von Zac Purchase (* 1986), britischer Ruderer Purchase heißt der Ort Purchase (New York) im Westchester County im US Bundesstaat New York Purchase (in der Bedeutung Landkauf ) steht für u.a.: Gadsden Purchase, Vereinigte… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Purchase — (New York) Purchase Pays  États Unis État New York Comté Westchester S …   Wikipédia en Français

  • purchase — [n] possession obtained with money acquirement, acquisition, asset, bargain, booty*, buy, gain, investment, property, steal; concepts 446,710 Ant. sale, sell purchase [v] buy, obtain achieve, acquire, attain, come by, cop*, deal in, earn, gain,… …   New thesaurus

  • Purchase — Pur chase, v. i. 1. To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one s self. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Duke John of Brabant purchased greatly that the Earl of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage. Ld. Berners. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purchase — vb *buy Analogous words: gain, win, *get, obtain, procure, secure …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • purchase — both as a noun and as a verb, is a formal word not normally used in general contexts (especially conversation). By contrast buy as a noun is somewhat informal (a good buy), and so English lacks a word of neutral register for the meaning ‘the act… …   Modern English usage

  • purchase — ► VERB ▪ obtain by payment; buy. ► NOUN 1) the action of buying. 2) a thing bought. 3) firm contact or grip. 4) a pulley or similar device for moving heavy objects. DERIVATIVES purchasable …   English terms dictionary

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