- 1Provide or supply (food, drink, or other goods) as one’s business: shops purveying cooked foodMore 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.
- 1.1Spread or promote (an idea, view, etc.): this magazine feels like a concerted effort to purvey gloom and doomMore 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.
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'.