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In Hebrew: ‘To Purchase’

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Yesterday, we saw the Hebrew word for shoppingקְנִיּוֹת– which comes from the verb, to buyלִקְנוֹת.

In English, we have the everyday verb to buy, as well as higher-register verbs to purchase and to acquire.

Hebrew is no different: while לקנות is the everyday verb, לִרְכּוֹשׁa word appearing in abundance in Biblical Hebrew, denotes the act of purchasing something of greater substance.

For example:

הִיא רָכְשָׁה* כַּרְטִיסִים לַמַּחֲזֶמֶר.
She purchased tickets to the musical.

The act of purchasing or acquiring is רְכִישָׁה.

For example:

בְּיַחַד הֵם הֵקִימוּ קְבוּצַת רְכִישָׁה.
Together they established an acquisitions group.

Likewise, something that has been acquired – property – is רְכוּשׁ. And the business activity of acquisitions or procurement is called רֶכֶשׁ.

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