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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. [1913 Webster] That loves the thing he can not purchase. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Your accent is Something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His faults . . . hereditary Rather than purchased. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house. [1913 Webster] The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth. --Gen. xxv. 10. [1913 Webster] 3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery. [1913 Webster] One poor retiring minute . . . Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A world who would not purchase with a bruise? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. (Law) (a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance. --Blackstone. (b) To buy for a price. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]