To obtain in exchange for money or its equivalent; buy. To acquire by effort; earn. To move or hold with a mechanical device, such as a lever or wrench. The act or an instance of buying. Something bought. Acquisition through the payment of money or its equivalent. A grip applied manually or mechanically to move something or prevent it from slipping. A device, such as a tackle or lever, used to obtain mechanical advantage. A position, as of a lever or one's feet, affording means to move or secure a weight. A means of increasing power or influence. An advantage that is used in exerting one's power.