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Definition 1: an advantageous purchase - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where buy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she got a bargain at the auction
  • the stock was a real buy at that price

Synonyms for buy in the sense of this definition

(buy is a kind of ...) something acquired by purchase

(... is a kind of buy ) a very small sum

"he bought it for a song"

(... is a kind of buy ) a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)

Definition 2: accept as true - [verb of cognition]

Samples where buy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I can't buy this story

(buy is a kind of ...) accept as true; take to be true

"I believed his report" "We didn't believe his stories from the War" "She believes in spirits"

Definition 3: obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction - [verb of possession]

Samples where buy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The family purchased a new car
  • The conglomerate acquired a new company
  • She buys for the big department store

Synonyms for buy in the sense of this definition

(buy is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

(... is a kind of buy ) buy casually or spontaneously

"I picked up some food for a snack"

(... is a kind of buy ) take over ownership of; of corporations and companies

(... is a kind of buy ) buy on impulse without proper reflection

(... is a kind of buy ) receive or obtain regularly

"We take the Times every day"

(... is a kind of buy ) purchase

"What did you get at the toy store?"

(... is a kind of buy ) buy, select

"I'll take a pound of that sausage"

(... is a kind of buy ) buy what had previously been sold, lost, or given away

"He bought back the house that his father sold years ago"

(... is a kind of buy ) purchase prepared food to be eaten at home

(buy implies ...) give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

"I paid four dollars for this sandwich" "Pay the waitress, please"

(buy implies ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

(buy has a similar meaning as ...) be worth or be capable of buying

"This sum will buy you a ride on the train"

(buy belongs to category ...) transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

Definition 4: make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence - [verb of possession]

Samples where buy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This judge can be bought

Synonyms for buy in the sense of this definition

(buy is a kind of ...) give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

"I paid four dollars for this sandwich" "Pay the waitress, please"

(... is a kind of buy ) give a conciliatory gift or bribe to

(... is a kind of buy ) pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor

(buy belongs to category ...) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

Definition 5: acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange - [verb of possession]

Samples where buy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work

(buy is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

Definition 6: be worth or be capable of buying - [verb of stative]

Samples where buy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This sum will buy you a ride on the train

(buy is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(buy has a similar meaning as ...) obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

"The family purchased a new car" "The conglomerate acquired a new company" "She buys for the big department store"

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