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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUY

Would you mind selling it to me if I will give you money enough to buy a new one?

Winter was near and he had no money to buy cloaks for his children.

You know I do not care about money, except just to buy my clothes and things.

There, some are tempted to buy; and some repent of having bought.

She can't do it, and buy food and clothes, and pay room-rent and carfare.

The business proposed was to buy a tract of land, and subdivide it.

"It'll buy the old lady what she wants for the house, anyhow," he said.

And he thought that, if it were to go very cheap, perhaps Rico could buy it.

Could buy out old Scragmore a thousand times, and never feel it.

I'm going to buy our supplies at that house, Stilly, if you have no objections.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bycgan (past tense bohte) "to buy, pay for, acquire; redeem, ransom; procure; get done," from Proto-Germanic *bugjanan (cf. Old Saxon buggjan, Old Norse byggja, Gothic bugjan), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.

The surviving spelling is southwest England dialect; the word was generally pronounced in Old English and Middle English with a -dg- sound as "budge," or "bidge." Meaning "believe, accept as true" first recorded 1926. Related: Bought; buying. To buy time "prevent further deterioration but make no improvement" is attested from 1946.

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