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"buy" in British English

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buyverb

uk   /baɪ/  us   /baɪ/ (bought, bought)
  • buy verb (PAY FOR)

A1 [I or T] to get something by paying money for it: Eventually she had saved enough money to buy a small car. [+ 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 sell shares on behalf of investors. I bought my camera from a friend of mine.
buy 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 remain secret: What will we have to do to buy her silence?

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buynoun

uk   /baɪ/  us   /baɪ/
(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 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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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 therefore pleased: The rug turned 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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buyverb

uk   us   /baɪ/ (bought, bought)
[I or T] to get something by paying money 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 sell shares on behalf of investors.buy sth from sb We always buy paper from the same supplier.buy sth for sb/sth Customers may be buying mobile phones for their children.buy sb sth I offered to buy him lunch. The firm buys in bulk and negotiates substantial discounts.
[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 tourists.buy 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 price asked or paid for it: The shares look undervalued 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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