purchase


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purchase \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purchased;
   p. pr. & vb. n. Purchasing.] [OE. purchasen, porchacen, OF.
   porchacier, purchacier, to pursue, to seek eagerly, F.
   pourchasser; OF. pour, por, pur, for (L. pro) + chacier to
   pursue, to chase. See Chase.]
   1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain,
      obtain, or acquire. --Chaucer.
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            That loves the thing he can not purchase. --Spenser.
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            Your accent is Something finer than you could
            purchase in so removed a dwelling.    --Shak.
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            His faults . . . hereditary
            Rather than purchased.                --Shak.
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   2. To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a
      price; as, to purchase land, or a house.
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            The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of
            Heth.                                 --Gen. xxv.
                                                  10.
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   3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or
      sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.
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            One poor retiring minute . . .
            Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends.
                                                  --Shak.
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            A world who would not purchase with a bruise?
                                                  --Milton.
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   4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.]
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            Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.
                                                  --Shak.
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   5. (Law)
      (a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.
          --Blackstone.
      (b) To buy for a price.
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   6. To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical
      advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to;
      as, to purchase a cannon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purchase \Pur"chase\, v. i.
   1. To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to
      exert one's self. [Obs.]
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            Duke John of Brabant purchased greatly that the Earl
            of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage.
                                                  --Ld. Berners.
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   2. To acquire wealth or property. [Obs.]
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            Sure our lawyers
            Would not purchase half so fast.      --J. Webster.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purchase \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), n. [OE. purchds, F. pourchas eager
   pursuit. See Purchase, v. t.]
   1. The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything. [Obs.]
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            I'll . . . get meat to have thee,
            Or lose my life in the purchase.      --Beau. & Fl.
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   2. The act of seeking and acquiring property.
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   3. The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for
      a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
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            It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of
            repentance.                           --Franklin.
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   4. That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner,
      honestly or dishonestly; property; possession;
      acquisition. --Chaucer. B. Jonson.
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            We met with little purchase upon this coast, except
            two small vessels of Golconda.        --De Foe.
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            A beauty-waning and distressed widow . . .
            Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye. --Shak.
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   5. That which is obtained for a price in money or its
      equivalent. "The scrip was complete evidence of his right
      in the purchase." --Wheaton.
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   6. Any mechanical hold, or advantage, applied to the raising
      or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle,
      capstan, and the like; also, the apparatus, tackle, or
      device by which the advantage is gained.
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            A politician, to do great things, looks for a power
            -- what our workmen call a purchase.  --Burke.
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   7. (Law) Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means
      than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or
      agreement. --Blackstone.
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   Purchase criminal, robbery. [Obs.] --Spenser.

   Purchase money, the money paid, or contracted to be paid,
      for anything bought. --Berkeley.

   Worth [so many] years' purchase, or {At [so many] years'
   purchase}, a phrase by which the value or cost of a thing is
      expressed in the length of time required for the income to
      amount to the purchasing price; as, he bought the estate
      at a twenty years' purchase. To say one's life is

   not worth a day's purchase in the same as saying one will
      not live a day, or is in imminent peril.
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