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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybuy out
he/she/itbuys out
present participlebuying out
past tensebought out
past participlebought out
  1. 1
    business 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. 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.

  3. 3
    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
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