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English definition of “buy”

buy

verb (PAY FOR)    /baɪ/ (bought, bought)
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.Buying buy sb's silence to pay someone or do something for someone, so that they do 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?Paying and spending moneyRevealing secrets and becoming known
(Definition of buy verb (PAY FOR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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