pur·chase / ˈpərchəs/ • v. [tr.] 1. acquire (something) by paying for it; buy: Mr. Gill spotted the manuscript at a local auction and purchased it for $1,500. ∎ archaic obtain or achieve with effort or suffering: the victory was purchased by the death of Rhiwallon.2. Naut. haul in (a rope or cable) or haul up (an anchor) by means of a pulley, lever, etc.• n. 1. the action of buying something: the large number of videos currently available for purchase| we carefully make our purchases after consulting each other. ∎ a thing that has been bought: she stowed her purchases in the car. ∎ Law the acquisition of property by means other than inheritance. ∎ archaic the annual rent or return from land.2. a hold or position on something for applying power advantageously, or the advantage gained by such application: the horse's hooves fought for purchase on the slippery pavement | [in sing.] an attempt to gain a purchase on the soft earth. ∎ a block and tackle.DERIVATIVES: pur·chas·a·ble adj.pur·chas·er n.