Pur·chase v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purchased p. pr. & vb. n. Purchasing.]
1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.
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. --Shak.
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. 10.
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? --Milton.
4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.]
Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses. --Shak.
5. Law (a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance. --Blackstone. (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.
n : the act of buying; "buying and selling fill their days";
"shrewd purchasing requires considerable knowledge" [syn: