Meaning of “purchase” in the English Dictionary

"purchase" in 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.

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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.

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purchase noun (HOLD)

[ S or U ] 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.

(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)

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I believe that it is advisable to provide for financial measures which would give the opportunity to purchase bonds from those countries that are facing enormous debt problems.
Product safety is one of the main concerns of consumers, who do not want the goods they purchase to pose a threat to their health.
Furthermore, spending on this kind of export and this kind of purchase prejudices other investments that are often much more necessary for economic and social development.
So, far from encouraging the purchase of a new generation of less polluting vehicles, this measure is a hidden bonus for those who own the most polluting old vehicles.
In this respect, an informed purchase is the first step towards a healthy, balanced diet that helps people look after their health.
We want the 30% limit for the purchase of replacement parts to be left as it is, because it allows authorised car dealers greater freedom of choice.
Clear rules will encourage both businesses and consumers to venture across a border and provide or purchase services in another country with peace of mind.
I refer to its proposal to remove the need for private individuals to transport products themselves in order to purchase the products in question.
Possible policy measures that could boost investments include tax credits, innovation rewards, pre-qualification assistance and commitments to the purchase of patent rights.
In general, all contracts are covered, whether a purchase is made in a shop or at a distance, or away from the business premises.