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English noun: buy

1. buy (possession) an advantageous purchase


SamplesShe got a bargain at the auction.
The stock was a real buy at that price.


Synonymsbargain, steal


Broader (hypernym)purchase


Narrower (hyponym)song, travel bargain


English verb: buy

1. buy (possession) obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction


SamplesThe family purchased a new car.
The conglomerate acquired a new company.
She buys for the big department store.


ExamplesThe children buy the ball


Synonymspurchase


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)buy back, buy food, buy out, buy up, get, impulse-buy, pick up, repurchase, subscribe, subscribe to, take, take, take out, take over


Entailchoose, pay, pick out, select, take


Verb groupbuy


Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism


Antonymssell

2. buy (possession) make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence


SamplesThis judge can be bought.


ExamplesSam cannot buy Sue


Synonymsbribe, corrupt, grease one's palms


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)pay


Narrower (hyponym)buy off, pay off, sop


Domain categorycrime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

3. buy (stative) be worth or be capable of buying


SamplesThis sum will buy you a ride on the train.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Verb groupbuy, purchase

4. buy (possession) acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange


SamplesShe wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

5. buy (cognition) accept as true


SamplesI can't buy this story.


ExamplesThey won't buy the story


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)believe









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