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English definition of “purchase”

purchase

noun [S or U] (HOLD)    /ˈpɜː.tʃəs/ US  /ˈpɝː-/ formal
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 .Having in your hands
(Definition of purchase noun (HOLD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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