1. Noun.  The act or process of seeking and obtaining something (e.g. property, etc.).
  2. Noun.  An individual item one has purchased.
  3. Noun.  The acquisition of title to, or property in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
  4. Noun.  That which is obtained, got or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.
  5. Noun.  That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.
  6. Noun.  (uncountable) Any mechanical hold or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle or capstan.
  7. Noun.  The apparatus, tackle or device by which such mechanical advantage is gained.
  8. Noun.  (''rock climbing, uncountable'') The amount of hold one has from an individual foothold or ledge.
  9. Noun.  (legal, dated) Acquisition of lands or tenements by means other than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.
  10. Verb.  To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.
  11. Verb.  To buy, obtain by payment of a price in money or its equivalent.
  12. Verb.  To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.
  13. Verb.  To expiate by a fine or forfeit.
  14. Verb.  To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a '''purchase''' upon, or apply a '''purchase''' to.
  15. Verb.  To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self.
  16. Verb.  To constitute the buying power for a purchase, have a trading value.

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