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1 : to acquire (real property) by means other than descent or inheritance
2 : to obtain by paying money or giving other valuable consideration
: to take (property) by a voluntary transaction (as a sale, mortgage, pledge, lien, or gift) that creates an interest and that is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code see also bona fide purchaser
: to purchase something
n : an act or instance of purchasing: as
a : the acquiring of real property by any means other than descent or inheritance
b : the acquiring of an interest in property esp. in exchange for valuable consideration see also word of purchase
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.