Definition of purchase noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːtʃəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrtʃəs//
    (formal) Cost and payment, Buying a home
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the act or process of buying something to make a purchase (= buy something) Keep your receipt as proof of purchase. The company has just announced its £27 million purchase of Park Hotel. Wordfinderbuy, discount, loyalty card, purchase, receipt, reduction, refund, short-change, store card, voucher CollocationsShoppingShopping go/​go out/​be out shopping go to (especially British English) the shops/(especially North American English) a store/(especially North American English) the mall do (British English) the shopping/(especially North American English) the grocery shopping/​a bit of window-shopping (North American English, informal) hit/​hang out at the mall try on clothes/​shoes indulge in some retail therapy go on a spending spree cut/​cut back on/​reduce your spending be/​get caught shoplifting donate something to/​take something to/​find something in (British English) a charity shop/(North American English) a thrift store buy/​sell/​find something at (British English) a car boot sale/(British English) a jumble sale/​a garage sale/(North American English) a yard sale find/​get/​pick up a bargainAt the shop/​store load/​push/​wheel (British English) a trolley/(North American English) a cart stand in/​wait in (British English) the checkout queue/(North American English) the checkout line (North American English) stand in line/ (British English) queue at the checkout bag (especially North American English) (your) groceries pack (away) (especially British English) your shopping stack/​stock/​restock the shelves at a store (with something) be (found) on/​appear on supermarket/​shop/​store shelves be in/​have in/​be out of/​run out of stock deal with/​help/​serve customers run a special promotion be on special offerBuying goods make/​complete a purchase buy/​purchase something online/​by mail order make/​place/​take an order for something buy/​order something in bulk/​in advance accept/​take credit cards pay (in) cash/​by (credit/​debit) card/(British English) with a gift voucher/(North American English) with a gift certificate enter your PIN number ask for/​get/​obtain a receipt return/​exchange an item/​a product be entitled to/​ask for/​demand a refund compare prices offer (somebody)/give (somebody)/get/​receive a 30% discount see also hire purchase See related entries: Cost and payment, Buying a home
  2. 2  [countable] something that you have bought major purchases, such as a new car If you are not satisfied with your purchase we will give you a full refund. See related entries: Cost and payment
  3. 3[uncountable, singular] (specialist) a firm hold on something with the hands or feet, for example when you are climbing synonym grip She tried to get a purchase on the slippery rock.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French pourchacier ‘seek to obtain or bring about’, the earliest sense also in English, which soon gave rise to the senses ‘gain’ and ‘buy’.Extra examples Companies are moving away from outright purchase of company cars to leasing. Consumers make a lot of impulse purchases. He entered a hire purchase agreement with a car dealer. I did not notice the defects at the time of purchase. Keep your receipt as proof of purchase. Make sure all online purchases are made through a secure server. The company uses software to analyze consumer purchases. The council applied for a compulsory purchase order on the the tennis courts. Ticket holders should return to the point of purchase for a refund. You can resell books and cut the original cost of purchase. big-ticket purchases such as cars or refrigerators some ways to encourage customers to make a purchase the bulk purchase of paper
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