Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “buy”

See all translations

buy

verb [T]  /bɑɪ/ ( past tense and past participle bought  /bɔt/) us  

buy verb [T] (PAY FOR)

to obtain something by paying money for it: She was saving to buy a car. He bought some flowers for his girlfriend.

buy verb [T] (BELIEVE)

infml to believe that something is true: She’ll never buy that story about having to take care of your sick grandmother.
Idioms

buy

noun [C]  /bɑɪ/ us  

buy noun [C] (ACT OF BUYING)

an occasion in which you pay less for something than what it is worth, and are therefore pleased: The rug turned out to be quite a buy.
Translations of “buy”
in Korean -을 사다…
in Arabic يَشْتَري…
in French acheter…
in Turkish satın almak…
in Italian comprare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為…付款, 買,購買…
in Russian покупать…
in Polish kupować…
in Spanish comprar…
in Portuguese comprar…
in German kaufen…
in Catalan comprar…
in Japanese ~を買う, 購入する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为…付款, 买,购买…
(Definition of buy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of buy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “buy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More