(?; 48), n. [OE. purchds, F. pourchas eager pursuit. See Purchase, v. t.] 1. The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything. [Obs.]
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I'll . . . get meat to have thee,
Or lose my life in the purchase.
Beau. & Fl.
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2. The act of seeking and acquiring property.
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3. The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
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It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of repentance.
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4. That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition. Chaucer. B. Jonson.
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We met with little purchase upon this coast, except two small vessels of Golconda.
De Foe.
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A beauty-waning and distressed widow . . .
Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye.
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5. That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent. "The scrip was complete evidence of his right in the purchase." Wheaton.
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6. Any mechanical hold, or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle, capstan, and the like; also, the apparatus, tackle, or device by which the advantage is gained.
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A politician, to do great things, looks for a power -- what our workmen call a purchase.
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7. (Law) Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement. Blackstone.
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Purchase criminal, robbery. [Obs.] Spenser. -- Purchase money, the money paid, or contracted to be paid, for anything bought. Berkeley. -- Worth [so many] years' purchase, or At [so many] years' purchase, a phrase by which the value or cost of a thing is expressed in the length of time required for the income to amount to the purchasing price; as, he bought the estate at a twenty years' purchase. To say one's life is not worth a day's purchase in the same as saying one will not live a day, or is in imminent peril.
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