From Middle English byen, biggen, buggen, from Old English bycġan (“to buy, pay for, acquire, redeem, ransom, procure, get done, sell”), from Proto-Germanic *bugjaną (“to buy”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰūgʰ- (“to bend”), or from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeugʰ- (“to take away, deliver”). Cognate with Scots by (“to buy, purchase”), obsolete Dutch beugen (“to buy”), Old Saxon buggian, buggean (“to buy”), Old Norse byggja (“to procure a wife, lend at interest, let out”), Gothic 𐌱𐌿𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (bugjan, “to buy”). The spelling with “u” is from the Southwest, while the pronunciation with /aɪ/ is from the East Midlands.
- enPR: bī, IPA(key): /baɪ/
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- Rhymes: -aɪ
- Homophones: bi, bye, by
- (transitive) To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods
- I'm going to buy my father something nice for his birthday.
- Benjamin Franklin
- Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries.
- (transitive) To obtain by some sacrifice.
- I've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams.
- Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 23
- Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
- (transitive) To bribe.
- He tried to buy me with gifts, but I wouldn't give up my beliefs.
- (transitive) To be equivalent to in value.
- The dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to.
- (transitive, informal) to accept as true; to believe
- I'm not going to buy your stupid excuses anymore!
- (intransitive) To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)
- She buys for Federated.
- Let's go out for dinner. I'm buying.
- (poker slang, transitive) To make a bluff, usually a large one.
- Smith tried to buy the pot on the river with a huge bluff
- buie (archaic)
- (obtain (something) in exchange for money): cheap (obsolete), purchase
- (accept as true): accept, believe, swallow (informal), take on
- ((intransitive) make a purchase): make a buy
- (obtain (something) in exchange for money): cheap (obsolete), sell, vend
- (accept as true): disbelieve, reject, pitch
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buy (plural buys)
- Something which is bought; a purchase.
- At only $30, the second-hand kitchen table was a great buy.
- buy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- buy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.