Hypertext Webster Gateway: "purchased"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Purchase \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purchased};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Purchasing}.] [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}.]
1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain,
obtain, or acquire. --Chaucer.

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.

2. To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a
price; as, to purchase land, or a house.

The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of
Heth. --Gen. xxv.

3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, 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?

4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.]

Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.

5. (Law)
(a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.
(b) To buy for a price.

6. To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical
advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to;
as, to purchase a cannon.

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