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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

1: Κτάομαι (Strong'S #2932 — Verb — ktaomai — ktah'-om-ahee )

see Obtain , A, No. 4.

2: Περιποιέω (Strong'S #4046 — Verb — peripoieo — per-ee-poy-eh'-om-ahee )

signifies "to gain" or "get for oneself, purchase;" Middle Voice in  Acts 20:28;  1—Timothy 3:13 (RV "gain"); see Gain.

3: Ἀγοράζω (Strong'S #59 — Verb — agorazo — ag-or-ad'-zo )

is rendered "to purchase" in the RV of  Revelation 5:9;  14:3,4 . See Buy , No. 1.

 Ephesians 1:14Possession.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( v. t.) That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.

(2): ( v. t.) The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.

(3): ( v. t.) The act of seeking and acquiring property.

(4): ( v. t.) The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything.

(5): ( v. t.) That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.

(6): ( v. t.) Any mechanical hold, or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle, capstan, and the like; also, the apparatus, tackle, or device by which the advantage is gained.

(7): ( v. i.) To acquire wealth or property.

(8): ( v. t.) 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.

(9): ( v. t.) To buy for a price.

(10): ( v. t.) To expiate by a fine or forfeit.

(11): ( v. t.) To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery.

(12): ( v. t.) To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house.

(13): ( v. t.) To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.

(14): ( v. t.) Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.

(15): ( v. i.) To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self.

(16): ( v. t.) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance.

King James Dictionary [3]

PUR'CHASE, This word seems to be considered by Blackstone as formed from the L. perquisitio. This is an error. The word is from the root of chase purchaser is to pursue to the end or object, and hence to obtain. In Law Latin, purchase, the noun, was written purchacium. The legal use of the word in obtaining writs, shows best its true origin to purchase a writ, is to sue out a writ, that is, to seek it out for sue, seek, and L. sequor, are all of one origin, and synonymous with chase.

1. In its primary and legal sense, to gain, obtain or acquire by any means, except by descent or hereditary right. 2. In common usage, to buy to obtain property by paying an equivalent in money. It differs from barter only in the circumstance, that in purchasing, the price or equivalent given or secured is money in bartering,the equivalent is given in goods. We purchase lands or goods for ready money or on credit. 3. To obtain by an expense of labor, danger or other sacrifice as, to purchase favor with flattery.

A world who would not purchase with a bruise?

4. To expiate or recompense by a fine or forfeit as, to purchase out abuses with tears and prayer. 5. To sue out or procure, as a writ.

PUR'CHASE, In seaman's language, to draw in as, the capstern purchases apace, that is, it draws in the cable apace, it gains it.


1. In law, the act of obtaining or acquiring the title to lands and tenements by money, deed, gift or any means, except by descent the acquisition of lands and tenements by a man's own act or agreement. 2. In law, the suing out and obtaining a writ. 3. In common usage, the acquisition of the title or property of any thing by rendering an equivalent in money.

It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of repentance.

4. That which is purchased any thing of which the property is obtained by giving an equivalent price in money.

The scrip was complete evidence of his right in the purchase.

5. That which is obtained by labor, danger, art, &c.

A beauty waning and distressed widow

Made prize and purchase of his wanton eye--

6. Formerly, robbery, and the thing stolen. 7. Any mechanical power or force applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies.

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology [4]

See Redemption Redeem

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [5]

pûr´chā́s  : In modern English, "to acquire by payment," in Elizabethan English, "to acquire" by any means. In the Old Testament, the King James Version has used "purchase" to represent קנה , ḳānāh , and its derivatives (verb and noun), except in   Leviticus 25:33 , where the word is גּאל , gā'al (the Revised Version (British and American) "redeem"). In the New Testament the noun does not occur and the verb is used for κτάομαι , ktáomai , in  Acts 1:18;  Acts 8:20 , and περιποιέω , peripoiéō , in  Acts 20:28;  1 Timothy 3:13 . But none of these words connotes the payment of a price, so that the Revised Version (British and American) has kept the word only in  Acts 20:28 (margin "acquired"), changing it into "obtain" in   Acts 1:18;  Acts 8:20 , and "gain" in  1 Timothy 3:13 . In the Old Testament, the Revised Version margin has "gotten" in  Exodus 15:16 and the American Standard Revised Version has (very properly) introduced the same word into the text of   Psalm 74:2;  Psalm 78:54 .