Buy - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |baɪ|  American pronunciation of the word buy
Brit.  |baɪ|  British pronunciation of the word buy
irregular verb:  p.t. — bought  p.p. — bought
- an advantageous purchase (syn: bargain, steal)
the stock was a real buy at that price
- obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction (syn: purchase)
She buys for the big department store
- make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence (syn: bribe, corrupt)
- be worth or be capable of buying
This sum will buy you a ride on the train
- acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work
- accept as true
I can't buy this story


I bought this hat for $10.

He bought the quilt from a local artist.

Stock prices are low, so now is a good time to buy.

He said it was a mistake, but I don't buy it.

...four cartons of ice cream for four dollars is a real buy...

He changed his mind about moving, but was unable to buy the house back.

We must make sure to buy in sugar before the price rises again.

I will not buy that.

I don't buy that explanation.

He bought the whole story.

She had never bought into the idea that to be attractive you have to be thin.

Her clients are on the buy.

My freedom was bought by the blood of my ancestors.

Where did you buy that dress?

Ricky showed her the painting he'd bought that morning.

Phrasal verbs

buy in  — amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
buy off  — pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
buy out  — take over ownership of; of corporations and companies
buy up  — take over ownership of; of corporations and companies

Word forms

I/you/we/they: buy
he/she/it: buys
present participle: buying
past tense: bought
past participle: bought
singular: buy
plural: buys
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