Meaning of “purchase” in the English Dictionary

"purchase" in British English

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purchaseverb [ T ]

uk /ˈpɜː.tʃəs/ us /ˈpɝː.tʃəs/ 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.

More examples

  • The land has been purchased by the army.
  • Members will have the opportunity to purchase additional shares in the company at a big discount.
  • Tickets can be purchased in advance from the box office.
  • People wishing to purchase advance tickets should ring our booking line.
  • Life insurance is obligatory when purchasing a house.

purchasenoun

uk /ˈpɜː.tʃəs/ us /ˈpɝː.tʃəs/ 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.

More examples

  • a costly purchase
  • I've just received a memo from Clark authorizing the purchase of six more computers.
  • Keep your receipt as proof of purchase.
  • Take your purchases to the sales clerk, and he will wrap them for you.
  • Researchers analysed the purchases of 6300 households.

(Definition of “purchase” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"purchase" in American English

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purchaseverb [ T ]

us /ˈpɜr·tʃəs/

to buy something:

To qualify for this fare, you must purchase your ticket 21 days in advance.
purchaser
noun [ C ] us /ˈpɜr·tʃə·sər/

Software purchasers have reported problems with the product.

purchasenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈpɜr·tʃəs/

Purchase can also mean the act of buying:

[ U ] You can apply the value of your old car to the purchase of a new one.

(Definition of “purchase” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"purchase" in Business English

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purchasenoun

uk /ˈpɜːtʃəs/ us formal COMMERCE

[ C ] something that you buy:

How do you wish to pay for your purchases?
a big/major purchase A car is a major purchase.

[ C or U ] the act of buying something:

No purchase is necessary for you to enter this competition.
If you wish to make a purchase, we will require your credit card details.
Tax on the purchase of medical equipment can be reclaimed.
This product may be frozen. If required, freeze on day of purchase.
Similar products are available for purchase in the gift shop.
house/ticket/share purchase

purchaseverb [ T ]

uk /ˈpɜːtʃəs/ us COMMERCE

formal to buy something:

Tickets must be purchased two weeks in advance.
purchase sth for $100/£2000, etc. The company was purchased for £3.5 billion.
purchase sth at sth Class A shares may be purchased at the offering price.
purchase sth from sth The batteries can be purchased from any electrical store.

(Definition of “purchase” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)