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English Dictionary: purchasing by the DICT Development Group
2 results for purchasing
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the act of buying; "buying and selling fill their days"; "shrewd purchasing requires considerable knowledge"
    Synonym(s): buying, purchasing
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Purchase \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purchased};
      p. pr. & vb. n. {Purchasing}.] [OE. purchasen, porchacen, OF.
      porchacier, purchacier, to pursue, to seek eagerly, F.
      pourchasser; OF. pour, por, pur, for (L. pro) + chacier to
      pursue, to chase. See {Chase}.]
      1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain,
            obtain, or acquire. --Chaucer.
                     That loves the thing he can not purchase. --Spenser.
                     Your accent is Something finer than you could
                     purchase in so removed a dwelling.      --Shak.
                     His faults . . . hereditary Rather than purchased.
      2. To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a
            price; as, to purchase land, or a house.
                     The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of
                     Heth.                                                --Gen. xxv.
      3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or
            sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.
                     One poor retiring minute . . . Would purchase thee a
                     thousand thousand friends.                  --Shak.
                     A world who would not purchase with a bruise?
      4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.]
                     Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.
      5. (Law)
            (a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.
            (b) To buy for a price.
      6. To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical
            advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to;
            as, to purchase a cannon.
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