AskDefine | Define buy

Dictionary Definition

buy n : an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price" [syn: bargain, steal]


1 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" [syn: purchase] [ant: sell]
2 make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: bribe, corrupt, grease one's palms]
3 acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange; "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"
4 accept as true; "I can't buy this story"
5 be worth or be capable of buying; "This sum will buy you a ride on the train" [also: bought]

User Contributed Dictionary



From bycġan, which is cognate with Gothic bugjan. Both are ultimately from Appendix:Proto-Indo-European roots#*bh.


  • /baɪ/, /baI/,
  • Rhymes with: -aɪ
  • Homophones: bi, by, bye


  1. To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods
  2. In the context of "transitive|informal": to accept as true; to believe
    I don't buy that theory.



Related terms


to obtain for money
to accept as true

Extensive Definition

Buy may refer to:
  • Trade, voluntary exchange of goods, services, or both
  • Buy (town), a town in Kostroma Oblast, Russia
  • Buy (album), a 1979 album by James White and the Contortions
  •, a shopping website
buy in French: BUY
buy in Italian: BUY

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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