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English definition of “purchase”

purchase

verb [T] uk   /ˈpɜː.tʃəs/ us    /ˈpɝː-/ formal
B2 to buy something: Tickets must be purchased two weeks in advance. Except under clearly defined circumstances, it is illegal in Britain for a company to purchase its own shares. She purchased her first house with the money.

purchase

noun uk   /ˈpɜː.tʃəs/ us    /ˈpɝː-/ formal

purchase noun (BUYING)

B2 [C] something that you buy: How do you wish to pay for your purchases? a major purchase B2 [C or U] the act of buying something: New restrictions have been placed on the purchase of guns. A house is the most expensive purchase that most people ever make. No purchase is necessary for you to enter this competition. This product may be frozen. If required, freeze on day of purchase.

purchase noun (HOLD)

[S or U] a firm hold that allows someone or something to be pulled or lifted without sliding or falling: Dancers use a special powder on their shoes to help them get a better purchase on the floor.
(Definition of purchase from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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