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Buy, vb. (impf. and partic. bought) to acquire by paying a price; absolutely: “to sell myself I can be well contented, so thou wilt b. and pay,” Ven. 514. “I will never b. and sell out of this word,” LLL III, 143. “I will b. with you, sell with you,” Merch. I, 3, 36. “I'ld have you b. and sell so,” Wint. IV, 4, 138. “before he'll b. again,” H6A III, 2, 43. “things created to b. and sell with groats,” Cor. III, 2, 10. “I bid for you as I do b.” Cymb. III, 6, 71 (as I pay indeed; M. Edd. as I'ld b.) etc. “To b. of one:” Wint. IV, 4, 230.
Transitively: “they b. their help,” Lucr. 913. Lucr. 913 Tp. V, 265. Wiv. II, 2, 206. IV, 4, 73. V, 5, 246. Meas. III, 2, 2. Err. I, 1, 58. IV, 1, 16. IV, 1, 16 IV, 3, 6. IV, 3, 6 Ado I, 1, 181. LLL II, 243. IV, 3, 386. V, 2, 224. V, 2, 224 Merch. II, 2, 179. IV, 1, 93. As II, 4, 72. 88 etc. etc. “would all my wealth would b. this for a lie,” Cor. IV, 6, 161. “To b. a p. sth.:” Wiv. IV, 4, 69. All's IV, 1, 45 “(b. myself another).” Mcb. IV, 2, 40. “To b. sth. from a p.:” Ven. 517. Mcb. I, 7, 32. “To b. sth. of a p.:” Mids. II, 1, 122. All's IV, 1, 45. H6B III, 3, 18. Cor. I, 4, 5. Hml. IV, 7, 142. Lr. I, 1, 162. Oth. I, 3, 61. To b. and sell == to make a bargain of: the cardinal does b. and sell his (the king's) “honour as he pleases,” H8 I, 1, 192, cf. Mcb. IV, 2, 41. bought and sold == betrayed: “it would make a man mad as a buck, to be so bought and sold,” Err. III, 1, 72. “you are bought and sold,” John V, 4, 10. “from bought and sold lord Talbot,” H6A IV, 4, 13. “thy master is bought and sold,” R3 V, 3, 305. “thou art bought and sold among those of any wit,” Troil. II, 1, 51. To b. out == to redeem: “not being able to b. out his life,” Err. I, 2, 5. “dreading the curse that money may b. out,” John III, 1, 164. “they have bought out their services,” H4A IV, 2, 24. 35 (== bought themselves off from service). “an honour in him which --s out his fault,” Tim. III, 5, 17. “oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself --s out the law,” Hml. III, 3, 60 (== quits the penalty).
To b. sometimes (cf. to purchase) == to acquire, to procure, to gain: “who --s a minute's mirth to wail a week?” Lucr. 213. “b. terms divine in selling hours of dross,” Sonn. 146, 11. “to be in love, where scorn is bought with groans,” Gentl. I, 1, 29. “a folly bought with wit,” Gentl. I, 1, 29 “to b. you a better husband,” Meas. V, 430. “the endeavour of this present breath may b. that honour,” LLL I, 1, 5. “the goose that you bought,” III, 110 (cf. III, 110). “with that I will go b. my fortunes,” As I, 1, 79. “blood hath bought blood and blows have answered blows,” John II, 329. which (his merit) “--s a place next to the king,” H8 I, 1, 65 etc. “till honour be bought up,” All's II, 1, 32 (till there is no honour left to be gained). “I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people,” Mcb. I, 7, 32.
Very frequently it might be exchanged with to pay or to pay for; f. i. “beauty is bought by judgment of the eye,” LLL II, 15 (i. e. beauty is paid, its price is fixed by the judgment of the purchaser). “can the world b. such a jewel?” Ado I, 1, 183. “thou and thy brother both shall b. this treason even with the dearest blood your bodies bear,” H6C V, 1, 68. “I never do him wrong, but he does b. my injuries,” Cymb. I, 1, 105 (he pays for them, as if they were benefits). “I bid for you, as I do b.” III, 6, 71. cf. overbuy. -- This is especially the case in the phrase to buy dear: “you shall b. this sport as dear as all the metal in your shop will answer,” Err. IV, 1, 81. “you shall b. this dear,” Mids. III, 2, 426. “the lord of Stafford dear to-day hath bought thy likeness,” H4A V, 3, 7. “bought his climbing very dear,” H6B II, 1, 100. “who would not b. thee dear?” V, 1, 5. “and yet the end of all is bought thus dear, the breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear,” Per. I, 1, 98.
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