pur·​vey | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈvā How to pronounce purvey (audio) , ˈpər-ˌvā \
purveyed; purveying

Definition of purvey

transitive verb

1 : to supply (something, such as provisions) usually as a matter of business

Examples of purvey in a Sentence

a shop purveying handmade merchandise
Recent Examples on the Web There seems to be no shame among those who continue to purvey the election lie -- even at the risk of court punishment. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 JORMA KAUKONEN Kaukonen continues to purvey the fine mix of old and new he’s been offering as a solo artist, mining old veins of American country, blues, and folk and complementing those songs with his own originals. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 China’s current crop of vaccines are far less effective than those in the West, but soon Beijing might be able to purvey Pfizer knock-offs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 6 May 2021 Both Otterbox and Lifeproof purvey a plethora of accessories, too. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, 7 July 2020 From 1830 to 1880, street artists gathered around Kalighat Temple in Kolkata, India, to purvey bright, colorful paintings on paper that functioned as political broadsides, gossip sheets or religious tracts. Steven Litt, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2020 In a nod to the fishmonger days, seafood will be purveyed, along with meats, cheese and produce, on the first two floors, which will be connected by an escalator. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 Philadelphia butcher shop Primal Supply Meats purveys primal, subprimal and custom cuts to some of the city’s best restaurants... Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2020 The ban would add other plastic food ware and begin applying to non-food-purveying businesses starting Jan. 1, 2022, officials said. USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of purvey

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purvey

Middle English purveien, from Anglo-French purveier, purveer to look at, foresee, provide, from Latin providēre to provide

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“Purvey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purvey. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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