I. verb (purchased; purchasing) Etymology: Middle English purchacen, from Anglo-French purchacer to strive for, obtain, from por-, pur- thoroughly, to a conclusion (from Latin pro- forward, for) + chacer to pursue, chase — more at pro- Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. archaic gain, acquire b. to acquire (real estate) by means other than descent c. to obtain by paying money or its equivalent ; buy d. to obtain by labor, danger, or sacrifice 2. to constitute the means for buying <
our dollars purchase less each year
intransitive verb to purchase something • purchasable adjectivepurchaser noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. an act or instance of purchasing 2. something obtained especially for a price in money or its equivalent 3. a. (1) a mechanical hold or advantage applied to the raising or moving of heavy bodies (2) an apparatus or device by which advantage is gained b. (1) an advantage (as a firm hold or position) used in applying one's power <
clutching the steering wheel for more purchase — Barry Crump
(2) a means of exerting power

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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