→ He could not afford to buy a house.
→ For them, affluence was bought at the price of less freedom in their work environment.
to buy sb sth acheter qch à qn
He bought me an ice cream. Il m'a acheté une glace.
I bought him an ice cream. Je lui ai acheté une glace.
to buy sb a drink offrir un verre or à boire à qn
→ Let me buy you a drink.
to buy sb lunch inviter qn à déjeuner
→ I'd like to buy him lunch.
to buy sth from sb acheter qch à qn
I bought a watch from him. Je lui ai acheté une montre.
to buy sth off sb racheter qch à qn
→ I'm going to buy some jewellery off Jane.
to buy sth from a shop acheter qch dans un magasin
→ I bought it from that shop on the corner.
→ He liked the idea so much he bought the company.
→ It was a risky operation, but might buy more time.
n achat m That was a bad buy. C'était un mauvais achat. a good buy
(=good value) une bonne affaire → Other good buys include cameras and toys.
(=useful) un bon achat → a car seat and pushchair combined is a good buy
n (British) vente f de charité
[individual] acheter en grosses quantités
[company, organization, retailer] acheter en gros
→ I regretted selling it to him and bought it back for twice the price.
[+goods] s'approvisionner en
→ We bought in plenty of coal before the strike started.
[+company] acheter des actions de
[+industry] investir dans
→ He's been trying for years to buy into the printing industry.
[+voters, union, child] amadouer
→ THE Government is preparing to buy off Britain's firefighters with an interim pay deal
→ They tried to buy off the witnesses.
→ The bank had to pay to buy out most of the 200 former partners.
[+land, property, commodity] acheter en bloc, rafler
→ They were trying to buy up every acre in sight.
→ His officials were yesterday buying up vast stocks of corn.
[+shares] rachat m
→ ... a share buy-back scheme ...
→ The company announced an extensive stock buy-back program.
n achat m d'impulsion