What is the difference between "buy" and "purchase"?

Is there any difference between the word "buy" and "purchase"?
Asked May 01, 2010
Edited May 01, 2010
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Well, purchase generally refers to something that's contractually bound, such as a land agreement, but purchase can be used to refer to buying something too, but you wouldn't "buy" land.

So basically, you can purchase anything, but you can't buy anything that's contractually bound.
Answered May 02, 2010
I think, purchasing immovable things like land, building, etc is buying;
and purchasing small and movable things like pencil, pen, etc is purchasing.
Answered Aug 04, 2010
If there is any difference at all it's that purchase reads a bit more formal. In current U.S. usage they mean the same thing. There are times where one just reads better than the other. How would you substitute buy for purchase in this sentence?

"The government announced the purchase of a new computer system."

Answered Aug 04, 2010
I agree with Rob. I think that the only difference between the two is that purchase sounds more formal in certain sentences. Either way you look at it, you are walking away with an item that you've spent money on. Weather that money is paid now or later it doesn't matter. You are still paying for it one way or another.
Answered Aug 28, 2010
I think we use 'purchase' for the meaning of making available for uses...... And buy is used to the things that are being atteched strictly with any financial concept.. About Purchasing we are not sure that this is against money.... If we use buy this is sure that the thing was purchased against some money.. So the purchasing reffers to make available however....
Answered Nov 17, 2011
As verbs, they mean the same. Like Rob said, purchase is more formal. However for nouns, you can only use purchase. "The buy" is not incorrect but "the purchase" is fine.
Answered May 15, 2013
when we want a big substances we use the word buy.And when we want a small substances or in large amount then we use the word purchase.
Answered Sep 13, 2013
Edited Sep 13, 2013
Purchase sounds like referring to sth being taken possession after much deliberation, while buy simply refers to bring sth on the spur of the moment, that is, without enough consideration before taking possession of it....this is what it appears
Answered Nov 17, 2013
i can't understand
Answered Jan 30, 2014
Purchase is used when your are reselling or a product is still in exchange and Buy is used when you are the final person acquiring the product ie the last hand in exchange.
For ex. A shop keeper purchase goods and people buy them.
Answered Jul 06, 2015
Edited Jul 06, 2015

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