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买 means "to buy". But the phrase 买东西 means "to go shopping". You can use similar phrases like 买衣服, 买蔬菜 and so on to mean "shop for clothes / vegetables". You could say: 我买东西去了，可是商店关门了，没有买到。 I went shopping, but the store was closed, so I didn't buy anything. There could be a similar context where it means "decide to buy", but I haven't heard it used ...
I am Chinese student. 买 could be use to buy/purchase but also to "to decide to buy", or "go shopping" 买and卖：buy and sell
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