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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the act of buying; "buying and selling fill their days";
          "shrewd purchasing requires considerable knowledge" [syn: