purchase etymology

English word purchase comes from Middle English purchasen

Detailed word origin of purchase

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
purchasen Middle English (enm)
purchase English (eng) To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to.. To buy, obtain by payment of a price in money or its equivalent.. To constitute the buying power for a purchase, have a trading value.. To expiate by a fine or forfeit.. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by [...]