Definition of purvey in English:

purvey

Line breaks: pur¦vey
Pronunciation: /pəˈveɪ
 
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verb

[with object] formal
1Provide or supply (food, drink, or other goods) as one’s business: shops purveying cooked food
More example sentences
  • The dead man was one of many black Africans purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits.
  • Interestingly, most adware companies slough off criticism onto their affiliates when caught purveying their unwanted goods.
  • The latter, in its legal and typical form, was a few stalls in a nearby town where peasant women purveyed food to urban-dwellers.
Synonyms
sell, supply, provide, furnish, cater, retail, deal in, trade, carry, handle, stock, offer, auction, have for sale, put on the market, peddle, hawk, tout, traffic in
informal flog
pass on, transmit, broadcast, disseminate, spread, put round, put about, circulate, communicate, make known, publicize, publish; provide, supply, furnish, make available, peddle
1.1Spread or promote (an idea, view, etc.): the majority of newspapers purvey a range of right-wing attitudes
More example sentences
  • Thus there is two-fold resistance to the dominant patterns of interpretation which have been purveyed by the mainstream churches.
  • Wordsworth was complaining about modernity, not the media; the difference in how information is purveyed today is by degrees.
  • His study of representative contemporary types in Irishmen all purveyed an inclusive notion of Irish nationhood.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purveier, from Latin providere 'foresee, attend to' (see provide). Early senses included 'foresee', 'attend to in advance', and 'equip'.

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