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buy

verb acquire by purchase, acquire ownership of, bargain for, complete a purchase, contract, get in exchange, make a purchase, make one's own, mercari, obtain, order, pay a price for, pay cash for, pay for, procure, procure title to, purchase, redeem, secure, secure for a consideration, trade
Associated concepts: buy and sell agreement, buy in the orrinary course of business, buy long, buy out, buy short, buyer beware, buyer's needs, buyer's option, buyer's risk, buying a note or a bill, buying and receiving stolen goods, buying broker
Foreign phrases: Caveat emptor, qui ignorare non debuit quod jus alienum emit.Let a purchaser beware since he ought not to be ignorant that he is purchasing whatever rights another has. Emptor emit quam minimo potest, venditorvendit quam maximo potest. The buyer purchases for the least he can; the seller sells for the most he can. In pretio emptionis et venditionis, naturaliter licet contrahentibus se circumvenire. In respect to the price, in buying and selllng, it is naturally permitted to the contracting parties to overreach one another.
See also: procure, purchase, trade

TO BUY. To purchase. Vide Sale.

References in classic literature ?
Suppose one of your jour- neymen goes out and buys the following articles:
Covey was a poor man; he was just commencing in life; he was only able to buy one slave; and, shocking as is the fact, he bought her, as he said, for A BREEDER.
The customers come again and again, and buy quantities, in spite of being afraid of Ginger and Pickles.
Why, mademoiselle, can't you see that it is our GOLD which buys us French politeness, German good-will, and Swiss servility?
You say: "Do I look like a man who buys precious stones?
Wherefore every man who buys a ticket must lay his account with losing the purchase money, which is the value of his own soul.
As for the chopping of bargains, when a man buys not to hold but to sell over again, that commonly grindeth double, both upon the seller, and upon the buyer.
With few exceptions, I have noticed that, if we can get a student to the point where, when the first or second tooth-brush disappears, he of his own motion buys another, I have not been disappointed in the future of that individual.
My own money buys me nothing but an uneasy conscience.
I find pleasure in deciding that they are shocking bad pictures, for obviously no one buys them.
In ways so delicate that the most sensitive pride could not resent the favor, these true gentlefolk showed Polly their respect and regard, put many pleasures in her way, and when they paid her for her work, gave her also the hearty thanks that takes away all sense of degradation even from the humblest service, for money so earned and paid sweetens the daily bread it buys, and makes the mutual obligation a mutual benefit and pleasure.
A sober, intelligent young fellow, who begins with a small capital as a money-changer, soon buys a share in a broker's business; and, to go even lower, a petty clerk becomes a notary, a rag-picker lays by two or three thousand francs a year, and the poorest workmen often become manufacturers; whereas, in the rotatory movement of this present civilization, which mistakes perpetual division and redivision for progress, an unhappy civil service clerk, like Chazelle for instance, is forced to dine for twenty-two sous a meal, struggles with his tailor and bootmaker, gets into debt, and is an absolute nothing; worse than that, he becomes an idiot