1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire. Chaucer.
That loves the thing he can not purchase.Spenser.
Your accent is Something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling.Shak.
His faults . . . hereditaryShak.
Rather than purchased.
2. 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.Gen. xxv. 10.
3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.
One poor retiring minute . . .Shak.
Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends.
A world who would not purchase with a bruise?Milton.
4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.]
Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.Shak.
5. (Law) (a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance. Blackstone. (b) To buy for a
6. 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.
(Pur"chase), v. i.
1. To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self. [Obs.]
Duke John of Brabant purchased greatly that the Earl of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage.Ld. Berners.
2. To acquire wealth or property. [Obs.]
Sure our lawyersJ. Webster.
Would not purchase half so fast.
(Pur"chase) n. [OE. purchds, F. pourchas eager pursuit. See Purchase, v. t.]
1. The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything. [Obs.]
I'll . . . get meat to have thee,Beau. & Fl.
Or lose my life in the purchase.
2. The act of seeking and acquiring property.
3. 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.Franklin.
4. That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.
Chaucer. B. Jonson.
We met with little purchase upon this coast, except two small vessels of Golconda.De Foe.
A beauty-waning and distressed widow . . .Shak.
Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye.