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Definition buy


From Middle English byen, biggen, buggen, from Old English bycġan (“to buy, pay for, acquire, redeem, ransom, procure, get done, sell”), from Proto-Germanic *bugjaną (“to buy”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰūgʰ- (“to bend”), or from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeugʰ- (“to take away, deliver”). Cognate with Scots by (“to buy, purchase”), obsolete Dutch beugen (“to buy”), Old Saxon buggian, buggean (“to buy”), Old Norse byggja (“to procure a wife, lend at interest, let out”), Gothic ?????? (bugjan, “to buy”). The spelling with “u” is from the Southwest, while the pronunciation with /aɪ/ is from the East Midlands.


buy (third-person singular simple present buys, present participle buying, simple past bought, past participle bought or (rare, dialectal) boughten)

  1. (transitive) To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods
  2. (transitive) To obtain by some sacrifice.
  3. (transitive) To bribe.
  4. (transitive) To be equivalent to in value.
  5. (transitive, informal) to accept as true; to believe
  6. (intransitive) To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)
  7. (poker slang, transitive) To make a bluff, usually a large one.


buy (plural buys)

  1. Something which is bought; a purchase.

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