To acquire the ownership of (property) by giving an accepted price or consideration therefor, or by agreeing to do so; to acquire by the payment of a price or value; to purchase; -- opposed to sell.
- To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase. See Regional Note at boughten.
- To be capable of purchasing: "Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy” ( Ogden Nash).
- To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade: wanted to buy love with gifts.
- To bribe: tried to buy a judge.
- Informal To accept the truth or feasibility of: The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding.
- To purchase something; act as a purchaser.
- Something bought or for sale; a purchase.
- An act of purchasing: a drug buy.
- Something that is underpriced; a bargain.
- buy into To acquire a stake or interest in: bought into a risky real estate venture.
- buy into Informal To believe in, especially wholeheartedly or uncritically: couldn't buy into that brand of conservatism.
- buy off To bribe (an official, for example) in order to secure improper cooperation or gain exemption from a regulation or legal consequence.
- buy out To purchase the entire stock, business rights, or interests of.
- buy up To purchase all that is available of.
- buy it Slang To be killed.
- buy time To increase the time available for a specific purpose: "A moderate recovery thus buys time for Congress and the Administration to whittle the deficit” ( G. David Wallace).
- buy the farm Slang To die, especially suddenly or violently.