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English definition of “purchasing”

purchasing

noun [U]     /ˈpɜːtʃəsɪŋ/
WORKPLACE the activity of buying supplies for a company: The central purchasing department identifies suppliers and negotiates the best price. the purchasing manager/director
COMMERCE the activity of buying goods and services from a company: Packaging has a strong influence on consumers' purchasing decisions. Online purchasing accounts for 60% of our total sales.
(Definition of purchasing noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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