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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


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


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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