- 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 SELLa ) 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 buyb ) 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 landbuy 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 weekbuy 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 INFORMALto have been killed:Sam nearly bought it in that car accident.,buy `in phrasal verb transitive BRITISHto buy a large quantity of something:Supermarkets have been buying in champagne for Christmas.`buy into phrasal verb transitive buy into something1. ) 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 INFORMAL1. ) 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 transitive1. ) 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 AMERICANto 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 transitiveto 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.buybuy 2 [ baı ] noun countsomething 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.