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Buy is sometimes a misspelling of boy, by or bye.

The word buy is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun buy

What does buy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: buys

  1. an advantageous purchase
    • example: the stock was a real buy at that price
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of buy: bargain / steal
    • more generic word: purchase = something acquired by purchase
    • more specific terms:
      • song = a very small sum
      • travel bargain = a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes

Alternative definition of the noun buy


  1. Something which is bought; a purchase.

Definition of the verb buy

What does buy mean as a doing word?

Buy is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
    • examples: She buys for the big department store | The children buy the ball
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): attain, book, call, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, phone, pick, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win.

    • domain: commerce / commercialism / mercantilism
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of buy: purchase
    • antonym of buy: sell
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific terms:
    • entailments: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; pay = give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  2. make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
  3. be worth or be capable of buying
    • example: This sum will buy you a ride on the train
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  4. acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
    • example: She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  5. accept as true
    • examples: I can't buy this story | They won't buy the story
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: believe = accept as true

Alternative definition of the verb buy


  1. [transitive] To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods
  2. [transitive] To obtain by some sacrifice.
  3. [transitive] To bribe.
  4. [transitive] To be equivalent to in value.
  5. [transitive, informal] to accept as true; to believe
  6. [intransitive] To make a purchase or purchases.


Buy a.k.a. Bunbury Airport is an airport servicing the Western Australian city of Bunbury. Bunbury Airport is located 8 km south-west of the city centre and is the only airport serving the city. The airport is used largely as a facility for general and recreational flight training, but provides for charter services to the region. Additionally the airport is regularly used for Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Department of Environment and Conservation operations. Bunbury Airport serves an area that includes the city of Bunbury and the surrounding districts of Harvey, Dardanup, Capel and the South West region beyond.


"Buy" is the debut studio album by American no wave band James Chance and the Contortions. It was released in 1979 through ZE Records.


  1. Buy a.k.a. Kobiana Language: Kobiana or Buy is a Senegambian language of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.
  2. Buy a.k.a. The Bullom So language, also called Mmani or Mandingi, is an endangered language spoken near the border between Guinea and Sierra Leone. It belongs to the Mel branch of the Niger–Congo language family and is particularly closely related to the Bom language. The people have intermarried with Temne and Susu speakers. As the few remaining speakers of Bullom So are all over 60, the language is considered moribund.
    • also known as Bullin, Bullun, Mandingi, Northern Bullom, Bolom, Mmani, Bulem, Mandenyi, Bullom So
  3. Buy a.k.a. .buy is a new generic top level domain name applied for in ICANN's New gTLD Program This domain was bought by in an auction with price of $4,588,888 beating Google and two other competitors in an auction.

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So Arranged as to Combine the Analytical and Synthetical Methods : with an Introduction for Beginners, and Various Exercises, Oral and Written, for the Formation, Analysis, Transformation, Classification and Correction of Sentences by Samuel Stillman Greene

" You may buy books or slates." It is a partial or contracted compound sentence.* you is the subject. Mtnj buy is the predicate. Yuu is not limited.

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Usage statistics about buy

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb buy:

spoken English69.36%written English30.64% conversational speech74.59%task-oriented speech25.41% imaginative writing47.89%informational writing52.11%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun buy:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb buy:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb buy and its most common antonym:


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Sign language

Sign Language Lesson 17: "You can buy food at Target."

Quotes about Buy

Buy a ticket for me, can you buy,
Could you buy, would you buy
And will you buy, all are requests,
The last one is more pleasing
[Where option is more open]
07.06.2003 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of B3U1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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