buy

Definitions

  • "'Who'll buy?'"
    "'Who'll buy?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buy accept as true "I can't buy this story"
    • v buy obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction "The family purchased a new car","The conglomerate acquired a new company","She buys for the big department store"
    • v buy acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"
    • v buy make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence "This judge can be bought"
    • v buy be worth or be capable of buying "This sum will buy you a ride on the train"
    • n buy an advantageous purchase "she got a bargain at the auction","the stock was a real buy at that price"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Buy. Ute Buy. Ute
"I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?" "I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?"
The best education that money can buy The best education that money can buy
Jack to buy goose Jack to buy goose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The murder rate in the United States is about four times greater than in Japan. In Japan, no private citizen can buy a handgun legally
    • Buy To acquire or procure by something given or done in exchange, literally or figuratively; to get, at a cost or sacrifice; to buy pleasure with pain. "Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding."
    • Buy To acquire the ownership of (property) by giving an accepted price or consideration therefor, or by agreeing to do so; to acquire by the payment of a price or value; to purchase; -- opposed to sell. "Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries."
    • v. i Buy To negotiate or treat about a purchase. "I will buy with you, sell with you."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Arkansas it is illegal to buy or sell blue lightbulbs.
    • buy To acquire the possession of, or the right or title to, by paying a consideration or an equivalent, usually in money; obtain by paying a price to the seller; purchase: opposed to sell.
    • buy Hence To get, acquire, or procure for any kind of equivalent: as, to buy favor with flattery.
    • buy To bribe; corrupt or pervert by giving a consideration; gain over by money, etc.
    • buy To be sufficient to purchase or procure; serve as an equivalent in procuring: as, gold cannot buy health.
    • buy To aby; suffer.
    • buy To buy for the owner at a public sale, especially when an insufficient price is offered.
    • buy To purchase all the share or shares of (a person) in a stock, fund, or partnership, or all his interest in a business: as, A buys out B.
    • buy To be or become a purchaser.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Richmond, Virginia it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment to determine who buys a cup of coffee.
    • v.t Buy to purchase for money: to bribe: to obtain in exchange for something
    • pr.p Buy buy′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. bought (bawt)
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
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    “A book worth reading is worth buying.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
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    “To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.”
  • J. Paul Getty
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    “I buy when other people are selling.”
  • F. W. Woolworth
    F. W. Woolworth
    “I am the world's worst salesman, therefore, I must make it easy for people to buy.”
  • Diana Ross
    Diana Ross
    “With the Supremes I made so much money so fast all I wanted to do was buy clothes and pretty things. Now I'm comfortable with money and it's comfortable with me.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Buying on trust is the way to pay double.”

Idioms

Buy the farm - When somebody has bought the farm, they have died.
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That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee - (USA) This is used to describe something that is deemed worthless. "He's got a Ph.D. in Philosophy." "So? That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee."
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Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free - This idiom is usually used to refer to men who don't want to get married, when they can get all the benefits of marriage without getting married.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. buggen, buggen, bien, AS. bycgan, akin to OS. buggean, Goth. bugjan,

Usage

In literature:

O yes, As much as I can buy.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
I must go and buy some wax for them.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
I'll buy another for myself in a cheap part of the house, and join you at supper afterwards.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Those who got so little will have to buy more, which they are doing already.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
You'll buy no Riverborne Mill of me, sitha!
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
We begin by buying a little carefully, and as we go on we acquire knowledge and skill.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Guess we have enough dough left in the treasury to buy us each an Archer Five, huh, Paul?
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
I had already seen a similar scene enacted when the cattle dealer came to buy our cow.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
You don't buy enough new dresses.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
They come in another drove they had, had men out buying over the country.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
I think I will go to market and buy a pig.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Dory felt rich enough to buy out the New York Central Railroad, or to become the proprietor of half the land that bordered on Lake Champlain.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
Money will hardly buy it.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
We don't particularly want the road; but, as matters stand, we can buy it cheaply.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Fine fresh fish, fresh cod, buy, buy!
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
He that buys land buys stanes; he that buys beef buys banes; he that buys nuts buys shells; he that buys gude ale buys naething else.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Never buy any confectionery that is colored or painted.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
A great deal more can be said about stocks you should not buy than about stocks you should buy, because the list is very much larger.
"Successful Stock Speculation" by John James Butler
One of 'em's a good customer and pays spot cash; the other one never buys nothing; and I can't say which one of 'em I like worse.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
He gives each slave a piece of ground to make de crop on and buys de stuff hisself.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

From buying empires
To planting 'taters,
From Declarations
To trick dumb-waiters.
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet
But now it seems that perils
Need not be faced at all:
You only need to buy the seed,
The price of which is small;
"A Shattered Illusion" by P G Wodehouse
Antonio, Antonio,
Said, "If you will be my ownio,
I'll love you true,
And I'll buy for you
An icery creamery conio!"
"Antonio" by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Undying love to buy
I wrote upon
The corners of this eye
All wrongs done.
What payment were enough
For undying love?
"His Confidence" by William Butler Yeats
No man can buy or sell them,
No trader chase them more,
The land of freedom has been gained,
The good Canadian shore.
"Arrival In The Land Of Freedom" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
But gold her peerless bravery
Could neither buy nor pay,
And yet, content, her lonely life
She liv'd from day to day.
"Grace Darling" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Amtrak plans to buy new next-generation high-speed train sets to meet growing demand on the Northeast Corridor instead of buying 40 new high-speed passenger cars for its Acela Express fleet.
Best Buy Buy Back Program is Free Through February 12.
The nip in the air may have you thinking about buying some winter clothes, but you'd be smarter to go shopping for cars in October, according to Deal News, a coupon site that does a monthly evaluation of the best things to buy.
Here are five reasons to buy — and not to buy — Apple's latest iPad, according to Washington Post tech blogger Hayley Tsukayama.
If you're planning to buy an 11-inch model, go for the one with 128GB of storage—since you can't upgrade the storage after purchase, you should buy the model with the most storage that you can afford.
Buying a Package Set Since one has to buy a new faucet if getting a vessel sink anyway, it can make a lot of sense to look for a packaged set and buy the two together.
" Buy , build and sell" or "fix and flip" is the terminology I use for this, but you could just " buy , build and keep" if the operations side of business is what excites you.
Cities like Las Vegas and Miami boast killer buying opportunities, but you're better off renting in New York and Seattle, according to Trulia's quarterly Rent vs Buy index.
The new year is slowly inching closer, and if you're looking to buy new calendars soon, you might want to consider buying one that helps a good cause.
I was sad, but I figured they didn't realize that being on disability, I had saved money to buy them and couldn't buy any more.
No matter the size, shape or species of Christmas tree you buy this year, there are some things you need to look out for before you buy one and after you bring it home.
You can buy a basic dedicated e-reader at Best Buy, Walmart, or online for $79.
Buy party dresses is a more complicated task than usual buy our clothes, since being bought a garment that so often we do not usually have things so clear.
A particularly strong insider buying signal is what we call a " cluster -buy" where three or more different insiders make open market purchases within a short period of one another.
The federal government has all these ways of paying people to buy houses without actually, you know, paying people to buy houses.
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In science:

If supply is greater than demand he places buy orders, if lower – sell orders.
A simple model of price formation
Now we can formulate the third rule of our model: the fundamentalist wil l buy (i.e. take value 1) at time t with probability |xt | if xt < 0 and sel l (i.e. take value −1) with probability |xt | if xt > 0.
A simple model of price formation
On the contrary, when r will be close to −1, the fundamentalist will place buy orders (take the value 1) and the price will start to grow.
A simple model of price formation
Siteseer therefore requires trust and buy-in.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Addressing and resolving technical issues, such as interoperability and standardization, and social issues, such as buy-in, is essential to the realization of this vision.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The player moves are a rational buying and an unconditional selling.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
The parameter m > 0 measures the risk asymmetry between buying and selling positions.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
E (pRW + qRW) is the average Alice profit in one selling-buying cycle and E (τ ) is the expected duration of the whole selling-buying cycle in this game.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
One can easily reverse the buying and selling strategies .
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
When we modify rules of the game, and now Alice will be playing with two entangled quantum strategies (one for buying and one for selling), she will have another benefit of quanta.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
The friendly merging describes how companies buy up each other and new companies are started from scratch until a steady state has been reached where the average size of the companies is constant.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
Each time she buys a cereal and gets a coupon she gives it to the next-in-turn son in a round-robin fashion (i.e. kid i mod k gets the coupon from step i).
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
If a magazine comes with a free coupon, which is chosen uniformly randomly from n different types, how many magazines should you buy to have a high probability of getting all n coupons? It is not hard to show that n ln n ǫ samples (magazines) have at least a 1 − ǫ probability of including all n coupons.
Random Quantum Circuits are Approximate 2-designs
Working calculations in VBA code • Completely designed graphical user interface • Complete data dictionary • Sample test cases • Complete buy-in from the end-users.
A Software Development Methodology for Research and Prototyping in Financial Markets
The Excel prototyping approach provides a mechanism for identifying system requirements and for buy-in by the trading team. Customers should be able to explicitly state or may even be able to demonstrate their required functionality in Excel.
A Software Development Methodology for Research and Prototyping in Financial Markets
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