buy out(redirected from buy (someone or something) out)
1. verb To buy someone's shares or other financial interests in a company or joint venture, thus releasing them from it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buy" and "out." Because I bought out my sister, I now get all of the profit from the store.
2. verb To pay someone an agreed-upon amount in exchange for their premature release from a contract. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buy" and "out." When no other teams were interested in trading for that player, we decided to buy him out.
3. verb To purchase something as its sole owner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buy" and "out." I've always loved that little music club, so I bought it out when the owner was ready to pursue other ventures. If they buy out our little company, will they jettison our staff?
4. verb To purchase all of a particular item or thing that is available. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buy" and "out." That toy is so popular that it's been bought out all over town! We need as many balloons for the party as we can get, so just buy them out at the store.
5. noun The act of paying one an agreed-upon amount in exchange for one's premature release from a contract. In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word ("buyout"). When no other teams were interested in trading for that player, we decided to offer him a buyout.
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buy someone or something out
to purchase full ownership of something from someone or a group. We liked the company, so we borrowed a lot of money and bought it out. Carl bought out the owners of the company.
buy something out
to buy all that is available of a particular item. The kids came in and bought all our bubble gum out. They bought out the bubble gum in a single hour.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Purchase the entire stock, business rights, or interests of a concern. For example, A rival store owner offered to buy out my grandfather, but he refused, [Late 1200s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To purchase someone's share of stock, business rights, or interests: I bought my partner out, and now I am the sole owner of the company.
2. To purchase something entirely or completely: The investor bought out the company. The larger company intends to buy the smaller one out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.