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"buy" in British English

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uk   us   /baɪ/ (bought, bought)

buy verb (PAY FOR)

A1 [I or T] to get something by ​payingmoney for it: Eventually she had ​saved enough ​money to buy a ​smallcar. [+ two objects] He bought his ​mother some ​flowers/He bought some ​flowers for his ​mother. There are more ​people buying at this ​time of the ​year so ​prices are high. The ​company was set up to buy and ​sellshares on ​behalf of ​investors. I bought my ​camera from a ​friend of sb's silence to ​pay someone or do something for someone, so that that ​person does not ​tell anyone something that they ​know about and that you ​want to ​remainsecret: What will we have to do to buy her ​silence?
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buy verb (BELIEVE)

[T] informal to ​believe that something is ​true: She'll never buy that ​story about you getting ​lost!


uk   us   /baɪ/
a good/bad buy to be ​worth/not be ​worth the ​price: This ​jacket is a really good buy, at £200.
(Definition of buy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buy" in American English

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buyverb [T]

 us   /bɑɪ/ (past tense and past participle bought  /bɔt/ )

buy verb [T] (PAY FOR)

to ​obtain something by ​payingmoney 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 ​yoursickgrandmother.

buynoun [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 ​thereforepleased: The ​rugturned out to be ​quite a buy.
(Definition of buy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"buy" in Business English

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uk   us   /baɪ/ (bought, bought)
[I or T] to get something by ​payingmoney for it: Most ​people who ​move into a new ​house are going to buy things. There are more ​people buying at this ​time of the ​year so ​prices are high. The ​company was set up to buy and ​sellshares on behalf of ​ sth from sb We always buy ​paper from the same ​ sth for sb/sth Customers may be buying ​mobilephones for their sb sth I ​offered to buy him ​lunch. The ​firm buys in ​bulk and ​negotiatessubstantialdiscounts.
[T] COMMERCE, FINANCE to be enough ​money to get something: A country where the ​pound buys almost 30% more than it did a ​year ago will ​attract British ​ sb sth A few ​dollars will buy you a ​book that ​holds the ​experience of a lifetime.

buynoun [C]

uk   us   /baɪ/
something ​worth the ​priceasked or ​paid for it: The ​shareslookundervalued and are a good buy. This ​car was a ​real buy for $4000.
(Definition of buy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “buy”
in Korean -을 사다…
in Arabic يَشْتَري…
in Malaysian beli…
in French acheter…
in Russian покупать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為…付款, 買,購買…
in Italian comprare…
in Turkish satın almak…
in Polish kupować…
in Spanish comprar…
in Vietnamese mua…
in Portuguese comprar…
in Thai ซื้อ…
in German kaufen…
in Catalan comprar…
in Japanese ~を買う, 購入する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为…付款, 买,购买…
in Indonesian membeli…
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