- I UK [baɪ] / US
Word forms "buy":
present tense I/you/we/they buy he/she/it buys present participle buying past tense bought UK [bɔːt] / US [bɔt] past participle bought
1)a) [intransitive/transitive] to get something by paying money for it
I need to buy some new clothes.
Now you can buy and sell shares on the Internet.
Tickets can be bought at the door.buy something from someone/something:
A lot of people just come into the shop without buying.buy something off someone:
I bought a ball from the toy shop.buy someone something:
I said I'd buy his bike off him.buy something for someone:
He's always buying me presents.buy something for £50/£60 etc:
Ed's parents bought that new computer for him.buy (something) in bulk:
They offered to buy the car for £1,000.buy something (by) mail order:
This dog food is cheaper when you buy it in bulk.
We buy all our software by mail order.b) [transitive] if an amount of money buys something, it is large enough to pay for that thing
£5 million would buy you a nice house in central London.
the best education money can buy2) buy or buy off[transitive, usually passive] informal to give someone something so that they will do something dishonest for you
It's nice to know that some people can't be bought.3) [transitive] to get something that you want or need, usually by losing something else that is importantbuy something with something:buy something at the expense/cost of something:
attempts to buy peace with land
Increased profits would be bought at the expense of paying less attention to quality.4) [transitive] to do something in order to get more time to do or finish something elsebuy time:
That should buy us another week.
These negotiations are all part of a plan to buy time to win more support.5) [transitive] spoken to believe or accept something, especially something that is unlikely to be true or reasonable
"It's her birthday, but I told her I had to work late." "She'll never buy that!"•
(have) bought it— informal to have been killedPhrasal verbs:
Sam nearly bought it in that car accident.- buy in- buy into- buy off- buy out- buy up
II UK [baɪ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "buy":
singular buy plural buyssomething that you buya good/bad etc buy (= something that is worth/not worth the amount of money you paid for it):
Look for our fantastic bargain buys in the January sale!
That shirt was a really great buy.
English dictionary. 2014.