Buy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bought p. pr. & vb. n. Buying ]
1. To acquire the ownership of (property) by giving an accepted price or consideration therefor, or by agreeing to do so; to acquire by the payment of a price or value; to purchase; -- opposed to sell.
Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries. --B. Franklin.
2. To acquire or procure by something given or done in exchange, literally or figuratively; to get, at a cost or sacrifice; to buy pleasure with pain.
Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. --Prov. xxiii. 23.
To buy again. See Againbuy. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
To buy off. (a) To influence to compliance; to cause to bend or yield by some consideration; as, to buy off conscience. (b) To detach by a consideration given; as, to buy off one from a party.
To buy out (a) To buy off, or detach from. --Shak. (b) To purchase the share or shares of in a stock, fund, or partnership, by which the seller is separated from the company, and the purchaser takes his place; as, A buys out B. (c) To purchase the entire stock in trade and the good will of a business.
To buy in, to purchase stock in any fund or partnership.
To buy on credit, to purchase, on a promise, in fact or in law, to make payment at a future day.
To buy the refusal (of anything), to give a consideration for the right of purchasing, at a fixed price, at a future time.
Buy, v. i. To negotiate or treat about a purchase.
I will buy with you, sell with you. --Shak.
n : an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the
auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price" [syn:
v 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"