Purchase vs Buying - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between purchase and buying
is that purchase
is (obsolete) the act or process of seeking and obtaining something (eg property, etc) while buying
is the act of making a purchase.
As verbs the difference between purchase and buying
is that purchase
is to pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire while buying
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(obsolete) The act or process of seeking and obtaining something (e.g. property, etc.)
* Beaumont and Fletcher
An individual item one has purchased.
The acquisition of title to, or property in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
- I'll get meat to have thee, / Or lose my life in the purchase .
That which is obtained, got or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.
That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.
- They offer a free hamburger with the purchase of a drink.
(uncountable) Any mechanical hold or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle or capstan.
- He was pleased with his latest purchase .
The apparatus, tackle or device by which such mechanical advantage is gained and in nautical terminology the ratio of such a device, like a pulley, or block and tackle.
(rock climbing, uncountable) The amount of hold one has from an individual foothold or ledge.
(legal, dated) Acquisition of lands or tenements by means other than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.
- It is hard to get purchase on a nail without a pry bar or hammer.
* purchase order
To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.
- that loves the thing he cannot purchase
- Your accent is something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling.
To buy, obtain by payment of a price in money or its equivalent.
- His faults hereditary / Rather than purchased .
To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.
- to purchase''' land'', ''to '''purchase a house
- to purchase favor with flattery
To expiate by a fine or forfeit.
- One poor retiring minute / Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends.
To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase' upon, or apply a ' purchase to.
- Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.
To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert oneself.
* Ld. Berners
- to purchase a cannon
To constitute the buying power for a purchase, have a trading value.
- Duke John of Brabant purchased greatly that the Earl of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage.
- ''Many aristocratic refugees' portable treasures purchased their safe passage and comfortable exile during the revolution
* (buy) procure
* purchasing agent
* purchasing power
* impulse buying
* panic buying
The act of making a purchase.
- buyings and sellings