Purchase, an American Thoroughbred racehorse, was called "The Adonis of the Turf." Walter Vosburgh, the official handicapper for The Jockey Club as well as a turf historian for many years, wrote: "…one of the most exquisitely beautiful of racehorses…to describe Purchase would be to exhaust the superlative."

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  1. The act or process of seeking and obtaining something (e.g. property, etc.)
  2. An individual item one has purchased.
  3. The acquisition of title to, or property in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent.
    They offer free with the purchase of a drink.
  4. That which is obtained, got or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition.
  5. That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent.
    He was pleased with his latest purchase.
  6. (uncountable) Any mechanical hold or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle or capstan.
    It is hard to get purchase on a nail without a pry bar or hammer.
  7. 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.
  8. (rock climbing, uncountable) The amount of hold one has from an individual foothold or ledge.
  9. Acquisition of lands or tenements by means other than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement.


  1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire.
  2. To buy, obtain by payment of a price in money or its equivalent.
    to purchase land, to purchase a house
  3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.
    to purchase favor with flattery
  4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit.
  5. To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to.
    to purchase a cannon
  6. To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert oneself.
  7. To constitute the buying power for a purchase, have a trading value.
    ''Many aristocratic refugees' portable treasures purchased their safe passage and comfortable exile during the revolution

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