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buy

verb uk   /baɪ/ (bought, bought) us  

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?

buy verb (BELIEVE)

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

buy

noun uk   /baɪ/ us  
a good/bad buy to be worth/not be worth the price: This jacket is a really good buy, at £20.
(Definition of buy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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