I UK [baɪ] / US verb
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
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.

A lot of people just come into the shop without buying.

buy something from someone/something:

I bought a ball from the toy shop.

buy something off someone:

I said I'd buy his bike off him.

buy someone something:

He's always buying me presents.

buy something for someone:

Ed's parents bought that new computer for him.

buy something for £50/£60 etc:

They offered to buy the car for £1,000.

buy (something) in bulk:

This dog food is cheaper when you buy it in bulk.

buy something (by) mail order:

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 buy

2) 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 important
buy something with something:

attempts to buy peace with land

buy something at the expense/cost of something:

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 else

That should buy us another week.

buy time:

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 itinformal to have been killed

Sam nearly bought it in that car accident.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [baɪ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "buy":
singular buy plural buys
something that you buy

Look for our fantastic bargain buys in the January sale!

a good/bad etc buy (= something that is worth/not worth the amount of money you paid for it):

That shirt was a really great buy.

English dictionary. 2014.

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