buy
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buy(
bay
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to purchase)
a. comprar
I have to buy a birthday present for my brother.Tengo que comprar un regalo de cumpleaños para mi hermano.
2. (to bribe)
a. sobornar
He tried to buy the mayor but ended up in jail.Intentó sobornar al alcalde pero terminó en la cárcel.
b. comprar
The mafia bought a juror.La mafia compró a un miembro del jurado.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to believe)
a. tragarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I don't think she'll buy that you're a prince.No creo que se trague que seas un príncipe.
b. creer
I don't buy your explanation. It doesn't make sense.No creo tu explicación. No tiene sentido.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to make purchases)
a. comprar
My manager sent me to Los Angeles to buy for the company.El gerente me mandó a Los Ángeles a comprar por la empresa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (bargain)
a. la compra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The truck was a great buy, because it hardly needs any maintenance at all.El camión fue una gran compra ya que casi no necesita ningún mantenimiento en absoluto.
b. la ganga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This computer was a great buy. It was 60% off!Fue una ganga esta computadora. ¡Estuvo rebajada el 60%!
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buy
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la compra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
a good/bad buyuna buena/mala compra
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (purchase)
a. comprar
to buy somebody something, to buy something for somebodycomprar algo a or para alguien
to buy something from somebodycomprarle algo a alguien
3. (idioms)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to buy timeganar tiempo
4. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the farmestiró la pata
5. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
she won't buy thatno se lo tragará
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buy [baɪ] bought (past)
noun
compra (f)
a bad buy una mala compra; a good buy una buena compra; this month's best buy la mejor oferta del mes
transitive verb
1 (purchase) comprar
to buy sth for sb buy sb sth comprar algo a algn
he bought me a bracelet me compró una pulsera; let me buy it for you deja que te lo compre; to buy sth from sb comprar algo a algn; I bought it from my brother/the shop on the corner se lo compré a mi hermano/lo compré en la tienda de la esquina; I can't get anyone to buy it off me (informal) no consigo que me lo compre nadie; you can buy them cheaper in the supermarket en el supermercado los venden más baratos; money couldn't buy it no se puede comprar con dinero; their victory was dearly bought la victoria les costó cara
2 (bribe) sobornar; comprar (informal)
3 (believe) creer; tragar
he won't buy that explanation no se va a tragar esa explicación (informal); all right, I'll buy it bueno, te creo
4
he bought it (died) estiró la pata (informal); la palmó (very_informal); (Esp)
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