buy1 S1 W1 past tense and past participle bought
a) [intransitive and transitive]
to get something by paying money for it [≠ sell]:
Where did you buy that dress?
Ricky showed her the painting he'd bought that morning.
buy somebody something
Let me buy you a drink.
buy something for somebody/something
The money will be used to buy equipment for the school.
buy (something) from somebody
It's cheaper to buy direct from the manufacturer.
buy something for $10/£200 etc
Dan bought the car for $2000.
It's much cheaper to buy in bulk (=buy large quantities of something).
if a sum of money buys something, it is enough to pay for it:
$50 doesn't buy much these days.
buy somebody something
$15 should buy us a pizza and a drink.
to deliberately make more time for yourself to do something, for example by delaying a decision:
'Can we talk about it later?' he said, trying to buy a little more time.
3 [transitive] informal
to believe something that someone tells you, especially when it is not likely to be true:
'Let's just say it was an accident.' ' He'll never buy that.'
4 [transitive] informal
to pay money to someone, especially someone in a position of authority, in order to persuade them to do something dishonest [= bribe]:
People say the judge had been bought by the Mafia.
to get something that you want, but only by losing something else:
The town has been careful not to buy prosperity at the expense of its character.
6 old-fashioned informal
someone was killed
if you buy property off-plan, you buy a house, flat etc that is just starting to be built, with an arrangement to pay part of the cost of the property at that time and the balance when the property is finished
buy something ↔ inphrasal verb
Companies are buying in supplies of paper, in case the price goes up.
buy into somethingphrasal verb
to accept that an idea is right and allow it to influence you:
I never bought into this idea that you have to be thin to be attractive.
to buy part of a business or organization, especially because you want to control it:
Investors were invited to buy into state-owned enterprises.
buy somebody ↔ offphrasal verb
buy outphrasal verb
to buy someone's share of a business or property that you previously owned together, so that you have complete control ➔ buyout
to pay money so that someone can leave an organization such as the army before their contract has ended
buy something ↔ upphrasal verb
Much of the land was bought up by property developers.