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buy

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

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.
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buy

noun [C]  us   /bɑɪ/

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 Arabic يَشْتَري…
in Korean -을 사다…
in Malaysian beli…
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 Vietnamese mua…
in Spanish comprar…
in Portuguese comprar…
in Thai ซื้อ…
in German kaufen…
in Catalan comprar…
in Japanese ~を買う, 購入する…
in Indonesian membeli…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为…付款, 买,购买…
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