1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire. That loves the thing he can not purchase. (Spenser) Your accent is Something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling. (Shak) His faults . . . Hereditary Rather than purchased. (Shak)
3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labour, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery. One poor retiring minute . . . Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends. (Shak) A world who would not purchase with a bruise? (milton)
Origin: OE. Purchasen, porchacen, OF. Porchacier, purchacier, to pursue, to seek eagerly, F. Pourchasser; OF. Pour, por, pur, for (L. Pro) _ chacier to pursue, to chase. See Chase.
2. The act of seeking and acquiring property.
4. That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition. We met with little purchase upon this coast, except two small vessels of Golconda. (De Foe) A beauty-waning and distressed widow . . . Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye. (Shak)
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. A politician, to do great things, looks for a power what our workmen call a purchase. (Burke)
7. Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement. Purchase criminal, robbery. Purchase money, the money paid, or contracted to be paid, for anything bought. Worth, 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.
Origin: OE. Purchds, F. Pourchas eager pursuit. See Purchase.