Are there any differences between the meanings of "purchase" and "buy"?

Thanks in advance.

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  • I didn't look for the meanings of them in a dictionary, just want to benefit from the experiences of others. – Ahmed Hassan Jun 30 '15 at 19:45
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  • I get it. sorry for this. – Ahmed Hassan Jun 30 '15 at 19:53

"to buy" is the normal word, "to purchase" is an elevated variant. I don't think that it is often used in normal everyday language. You don't purchase a Coke or a hamburger. "To purchase" is from Norman-French.


There really isn't very much difference, and they are almost universally interchangeable.

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