Buy vs Sold - What's the difference?

buy | sold |

As nouns the difference between buy and sold

is that buy is something which is bought; a purchase while sold is income of a soldier, conscripts in military or other national service, and certain other professions.

As a verb buy

is to obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods
  • * Benjamin Franklin
  • Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries.
  • To obtain by some sacrifice.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 23
  • Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
  • To bribe.
  • To be equivalent to in value.
  • (informal) to accept as true; to believe
  • To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)
  • (poker slang) To make a bluff, usually a large one.
  • Synonyms

    * purchase * (accept as true) accept, believe, swallow (informal), take on * make a buy


    * sell, vend * (accept as true) disbelieve, reject, pitch

    Derived terms

    * bring-and-buy * buyable * buyer * buy back * buy into * buy it * buy to let * buy off * buy out * buy someone off * buy someone out * buy straw hats in winter * buy the farm * buy time * buy up * can I buy you a drink * impulse buy * money can't buy happiness * outbuy * rebuy


    (en noun)
  • Something which is bought; a purchase.
  • Antonyms

    * sale

    Derived terms

    * buydown * buyout * impulse buy



    Etymology 1


  • (sell)
  • Derived terms
    * oversold

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) solde. See soldier, and compare sou.


  • (obsolete) solary; military pay
  • (Spenser)
    (Webster 1913)