purchase

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Purchase is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
purchase

Third-person singular
purchases

Past tense
purchased

Past participle
purchased

Present participle
purchasing

  1. (transitive); (formal) If you purchase something, you buy it.
    A licence needs to be purchased from the local authority and printing of tickets also adds to the costs.
    JEB Fasteners purchased all the shares in the private company for just under $900,000.

Noun[change]

Singular
purchase

Plural
purchases

  1. (countable); (formal) A purchase is something that you have bought.
    Since the purchase of Columbia Pictures by Sony, the US has been very afraid of Japan.
    With a building purchase price of £200,000, the total cost of the project would be £1 million.
  2. (countable); (formal) A purchase is a strong hold on something.
    He wasn't able to get a purchase on his bag before it was pulled away from him.

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