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verb buy pronunciation in American English /baɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebuying
past tensebought
past participlebought
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/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.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. 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

  2. 2



    buy off

    [transitive] [usually passive] informal to give someone something so that they will do something dishonest for you

    It’s nice to know that some people can’t be bought.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to get something that 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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to do something in order to get more time to do or finish something else

    That should buy us another week.

    buy time:

    These negotiations are all part of a plan to buy time to win more support.

  5. 5
    [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!”


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