Definition of purvey in English:


Syllabification: pur·vey
Pronunciation: /pərˈvā


[with object]
1Provide or supply (food, drink, or other goods) as one’s business: shops purveying cooked food
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  • 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.
sell, supply, provide, furnish, cater, retail, deal in, trade, stock, offer;
peddle, hawk, traffic in
informal flog
1.1Spread or promote (an idea, view, etc.): this magazine feels like a concerted effort to purvey gloom and doom
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  • 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.


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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