EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PURCHASING
How may the kind and quality of flour be judged in purchasing it?
Here are children in abundance, and what benefit could have accrued to me from his purchasing Vernon?
He is desirous of purchasing some Leicestershires for his estate in Burgundy.
For some time he seemed to set his mind on purchasing Tewitt Hall.
It was different to purchasing it, ready-made, or hiring labor.
I have a project about purchasing some property on the coast here.
This was the exclusive right of purchasing such lands as the natives were willing to sell.
Two of the men who came up from the South were purchasing property.
The Legislature should aid the society in purchasing grounds.
Why, by purchasing masters of our prime rank and special style.
c.1300, "acquire, obtain; get, receive; procure, provide," also "accomplish or bring about; instigate; cause, contrive, plot; recruit, hire," from Anglo-French purchaser "go after," Old French porchacier "search for, procure; purchase; aim at, strive for, pursue eagerly" (11c., Modern French pourchasser), from pur- "forth" (possibly used here as an intensive prefix; see pur-) + Old French chacier "run after, to hunt, chase" (see chase (v.)).
Originally to obtain or receive as due in any way, including through merit or suffering; specific sense of "acquire for money, pay money for, buy" is from mid-14c., though the word continued to be used for "to get by conquest in war, obtain as booty" up to 17c. Related: Purchased; purchasing.