• Map of Louisiana Purchase; also United States in 1803
    Map of Louisiana Purchase; also United States in 1803
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v purchase 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"
    • n purchase the acquisition of something for payment "they closed the purchase with a handshake"
    • n purchase a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage "he could get no purchase on the situation"
    • n purchase the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
    • n purchase something acquired by purchase
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Ambassadors purchasing Æsculapius The Ambassadors purchasing Æsculapius

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 93% of all greeting cards are purchased by women
    • Purchase (Law) Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.
    • Purchase Any mechanical hold, or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle, capstan, and the like; also, the apparatus, tackle, or device by which the advantage is gained. "A politician, to do great things, looks for a power -- what our workmen call a purchase ."
    • Purchase That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent. "The scrip was complete evidence of his right in the purchase ."
    • Purchase That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition. "We met with little purchase upon this coast, except two small vessels of Golconda.""A beauty-waning and distressed widow . . . Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye."
    • Purchase The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent. "It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of repentance."
    • Purchase The act of seeking and acquiring property.
    • Purchase The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything. "I'll . . . get meat to have thee,
      Or lose my life in the purchase ."
    • Purchase (Law) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.
    • Purchase To acquire wealth or property. "Sure our lawyers
      Would not purchase half so fast."
    • Purchase To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to; as, to purchase a cannon.
    • Purchase (Law) To buy for a price.
    • Purchase To expiate by a fine or forfeit. "Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses."
    • Purchase To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery. "One poor retiring minute . . . Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends.""A world who would not purchase with a bruise?"
    • Purchase To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house. "The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth."
    • Purchase To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire. "That loves the thing he can not purchase .""Your accent is Something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling.""His faults . . . hereditary
      Rather than purchased ."
    • Purchase To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self. "Duke John of Brabant purchased greatly that the Earl of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 96% of candles that are purchased are by women
    • purchase To gain, obtain, or acquire; secure, procure, or obtain in any way other than by inheritance or by payment of money or its equivalent; especially, to secure or obtain by effort, labor, risk, sacrifice, etc.: as, to purchase peace by concessions; to purchase favor with flattery.
    • purchase To secure, procure, or obtain by expenditure of money or its equivalent; buy: as, to purchase provisions, lands, or houses.
    • purchase To expiate or recompense by a fine or forfeit.
    • purchase [⟨ purchase, n., 10.] To apply a purchase to; raise or move by mechanical power: as, to purchase an anchor.
    • purchase To steal.
    • purchase To put forth efforts to obtain anything; strive.
    • purchase To bring something about; manage.
    • purchase To acquire wealth.
    • purchase Nautical, to draw in the cable: as, the capstan purchases apace.
    • n purchase Acquisition; the obtaining or procuring of something by effort, labor, sacrifice, work, conquest, art, etc., or by the payment of money or its equivalent; procurement; acquirement.
    • n purchase That which is acquired or obtained otherwise than by inheritance; gain; acquisitions; winnings; specifically, that which is obtained by the payment of money or its equivalent.
    • n purchase Prey; booty; plunder; hence, ill-gotten gain or wealth.
    • n purchase Means of acquisition or gain; occupation.
    • n purchase In law: The act of obtaining or acquiring an estate in lands, etc., in any manner other than by inheritance or escheat.
    • n purchase The acquisition of property by contract.
    • n purchase The acquisition of property by contract for a valuable consideration.
    • n purchase The suing out and obtaining of a writ.
    • n purchase Value; advantage; worth: as, to buy an estate at twenty years' purchase (that is, at a price equal to twenty times its annual value, or the total return from it for twenty years).
    • n purchase Attempt; endeavor.
    • n purchase Course; way; departure.
    • n purchase The acquisition of position, promotion, etc., by the payment of money. See purchase system, below.
    • n purchase Firm or advantageous hold by which power may be exerted; specifically, any mechanical power, force, or contrivance which may be advantageously used in moving, raising, or removing heavy bodies; in nautical use, a tackle of any kind for multiplying power.
    • n purchase A knob or raised thumb-piece, allowing the hand which holds the handle to throw back the hinged cover of a tankard, beer-mug, or similar vessel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 96% of American households purchase bananas at least once each month.
    • v.t Purchase pur′chās to acquire by seeking: to obtain by paying: to obtain by labour, danger, &c.: :
    • n Purchase act of purchasing: that which is purchased or got for a price: value, advantage, worth: any mechanical power or advantage in raising or moving bodies
    • v.t Purchase pur′chās (law) to get in any way other than by inheritance: to raise or move by mechanical means
    • v.t Purchase pur′chās (Shak.) to expiate by a fine or forfeit
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.”
  • Thomas Wilson
    Thomas Wilson
    “Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The future is purchased by the present.”
  • Courtland Milloy
    Courtland Milloy
    “Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
  • Seneca
    “Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. purchasen, porchacen, OF. porchacier, purchacier, to pursue, to seek eagerly, F. pourchasser,; OF. pour, por, pur, for (L. pro,) + chacier, to pursue, to chase. See Chase
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. porchacier (Fr. pourchasser), to seek eagerly, pursue—pur (L. pro), for, chasser, to chase.


In literature:

Each purchaser was to receive with his deed a definite description of his holding.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
Jule was a new cow that the farmer had purchased a week before.
"From Farm to Fortune" by Horatio Alger Jr.
If, as is undoubtedly the case, books were continually being imported, it follows that they found purchasers.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
On my return from abroad, I re-purchased them, and Pompey of course was included in the purchase.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
It was purchased in behalf of the public by the Birthplace trustees in 1892.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Hearing this, they at once prepared for embarking in ten canoes, which had been purchased of the Indians.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The equipment might possibly be found in Daggett; more likely it must be purchased in San Bernardino.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Mrs. Purchase rose and greeted him with a little pecking kiss.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Such cushions can be purchased at the upholsterer's or they can be made by the craftsman himself.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
Purchase and Settlement of Oklahoma Territory.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Memoirs, written by himself, were purchased by the keeper of the Irish records, and were edited by Thomas Crofton Croker.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The Chukches offered train-oil for sale, and appeared to be surprised that we would not purchase any.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
You must purchase books, you must study, or you never will be a great man.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Compulsory sale, compulsory purchase.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Marriage began to be something more than a purchase.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
My father had purchased a large lot of land at the corner of our street and Broadway.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
The purchases we needed to make gave us occasion to visit the different quarters of the town.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
I would give half my property to purchase of him for the remainder of my life his trust in God.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
In 1819 Florida was purchased from Spain.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
It may also be accomplished by purchasing a few eggs for hatching in order to secure new blood.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon

In poetry:

His blood abundant value bore,
To make his purchase broad,
'Twas fair divinity in gore,
Thy Husband is thy God.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Eternal life and heavenly rest
He purchased by death's agony,
That whosoever will be blest
With glorious immortality.
"Ministering Women" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Zion is thine, most holy God,
Thy Son shall bless her gates;
And glory purchased by his blood
For thy own Isr'el waits.
"Psalm 69 part 3" by Isaac Watts
He who gave His Son to die
For man's purchase, gives once more
These, His beloved sons, to buy
Him a world worth dying for.
"The Heroes" by Katharine Tynan
The Spy, which does this Treasure keep,
Does She ne'er say her Pray'rs, nor sleep?
Does She to no Excess incline?
Does She fly Musick, Mirth, and Wine?
Or have not Gold and Flatt'ry Pow'r,
To purchase One unguarded Hour?
"The English Padlock" by Matthew Prior
But what was that to Muriel, though her peace
He would have purchased for her with all prayers,
And costly, passionate, despairing tears?
O what to her that he should find it worse
To bear her life's undoing than his own?
"Laurance - [Part 2]" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Ottawa to overhaul purchase of F-35 fighter jets in wake of Auditor General's report.
Buying a new or used car, for most people, is not a purchase made by writing a check or handing over cash for the full amount.
We worked hard, purchased our trucks and building, reinvested in new equipment, and have 18 employees.
Mayor Mitch Thompson and Tuttle agreed to research if the city can afford the purchase and funding options.
"Back to School Special" for students: Each ticket is $5 -$10 off if purchased in a group of 10 or more.
They have remained must-have purchases over a time span when the "it" bag was supposed to survive barely one season.
A $130,000 grant will be used to fund the training of the Bayonne firefighters who will man the newly purchased weapons of mass destruction rescue vessel.
The childhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been purchased by a Las Vegas real estate investor.
President Obama's next BlackBerry may be purchased as part of new "blanket purchase agreements" signed by his administration.
The purchase intent question was answered by 705 online buyers and the reason for not purchasing question by 582 online buyers as of 5:15 pm (Pacific) on Oct 24.
The purchase of the first of the new pagers from G&D Communications in Sikeston was approved by the Board of Aldermen during their regular meeting Tuesday with tentative plans to purchase one additional new pager each month.
Save $10 on the purchase of $50 gas card with the purchase of $50 or more in groceries.
Get $10 off of your next purchase, plus receive $10 iTunes® Code instantly with purchase.
You can save up to $38 when you purchase the following items: (Keep in mind you're not required to purchase all of the items).

In science:

Broadly speaking, any software system which actively suggests an item to purchase, to subscribe, or to invest can be regarded as a recommender system.
A Comparative Study of Collaborative Filtering Algorithms
Consumers can have a very strong influence on manufacturers environmental guidelines if they decide to reflect environmental aspects in their decisions of purchase.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
Consumers can also have a strong voice when coupling their purchase decisions with environmental aspects.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
As the most expensive advanced display that we have constructed, we would not propose that every astronomer research group needs to purchase one.
Future Directions in Astronomy Visualisation
Indeed, many of the reviews read like purchase notes by people shopping around for the best fire spread model to implement in their part of the world for their particular purpose.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Kainate was purchased from Sigma Chemical Co. (St.
Nimesulide limits kainate-induced oxidative damage in the rat hippocampus
Assumptions and hopes about the quality of the measurements have become a ma jor issue in microarray purchasing.
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data
That is, given a choice between any two collections of goods or services they might purchase with their available funds, they are assumed to have a preference.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
This somewhat roundabout design came about because the three high power amplifiers and splitter/combiners were already purchased.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
For distinct i and j , Ai ∩ Aj is the event that a particular two of the a coupon types do not occur in the first y purchases, so has probability (1 − 2/a)y .
Applying coupon-collecting theory to computer-aided assessments
The effect of online privacy information on purchasing behavior: An experimental study.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
Thus the new shares ∆si are precisely what can be purchased with the dividend Di at the “ex-closing-price” Ci−1 − Di .
Adjusted Closing Prices
In such applications, the objective is to reduce the energy cost and the loss of investment on storage devices due to aging effects while satisfying the loads and reducing peak electricity purchase from the grid (instead of smoothing out the fluctuation of the PV output fed into electr ic grids).
Storage Size Determination for Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems
Electric Grid Electricity can be purchased from or sold back to the grid.
Storage Size Determination for Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems
If, however, the peak load for a customer falls into the off-peak time period, then the constraint on Pg (t) limits the amount of electricity that can be purchased.
Storage Size Determination for Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems