buy1 [ baı ] (past tense and past participle bought [ bɔt ] ) verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to get something by paying money for it:
I need to buy some new clothes.
Now you can buy and sell shares on the Internet.
Tickets can be bought at the door.
A lot of people just come into the shop without buying.
buy something from someone/something: I bought a ball from the toy store.
buy something off someone: I said I'd buy his bike off him.
buy someone something: He's always buying me presents.
buy something for someone: Ed's parents bought that new computer for him.
buy something for $50/$60 etc.: They offered to buy the car for $4,000.
buy (something) in bulk: This dog food is cheaper when you buy it in bulk.
─ opposite SELL
a ) transitive if an amount of money buys something, it is large enough to pay for that thing:
$10 million would buy you a nice house in Malibu.
the best education money can buy
b ) buy or buy off transitive usually passive INFORMAL to give someone something so that they will do something dishonest for you: BRIBE:
It's nice to know that some people can't be bought.
2. ) transitive to get something you want or need, usually by losing something else that is important:
buy something with something: attempts to buy peace with land
buy something at the expense/cost of something: Increased profits would be bought at the expense of paying less attention to quality.
3. ) transitive to do something in order to get more time to do or finish something else:
a move that should buy us another week
buy time: Many feel that these latest negotiations are all part of a rebel plot to buy time to try to win more support.
4. ) transitive SPOKEN to believe or accept something, especially something that is unlikely to be true or reasonable:
It's her birthday, but I told her I had to work late. She'll never buy that!
(have) bought it INFORMAL
to have been killed:
Sam nearly bought it in that car accident.
,buy `in phrasal verb transitive BRITISH
to buy a large quantity of something:
Supermarkets have been buying in champagne for Christmas.
`buy into phrasal verb transitive buy into something
1. ) to buy part of a business, especially in order to get control of it:
Moves to buy into other companies have failed.
2. ) INFORMAL to start to do something that a lot of other people are doing, or to believe something that a lot of other people believe:
You don't buy into all this garbage, do you?
,buy `off phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
1. ) same as BUY1 1B:
Efforts to buy her off have failed.
2. ) to pay someone to stop threatening you or BLACKMAILING you
,buy `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to pay money to your business partner so that you can control all of a business you previously owned together:
The board members have offered to buy me out.
2. ) buy someone out BRITISH to pay money so that someone can leave an organization, especially the military, before the time that they had originally agreed:
buy out of: He bought himself out of the army.
buy out someone's contract AMERICAN
to pay a person or organization the rest of an amount of money that has been promised in a contract so that someone can leave or be forced to leave their job early
,buy `up phrasal verb transitive
to buy large amounts of something or all of it that is available:
Developers have been buying up old factories and converting them into luxury apartments.
buy 2 [ baı ] noun count
something that you buy:
Check out our fantastic bargain buys in the January sale!
a good/bad etc. buy (=something that is worth/not worth the amount of money you paid for it): That shirt was a really great buy.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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