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 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, "A Slice of the Fulton Fish Market Gets A New Life," 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, "Smart Move: Butcher That Beef Yourself," 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, "Feral hog hunting, coral restoration, West Nile research: News from around our 50 states," 11 Dec. 2019 Butler was so right about Miami (and this column was wrong); there’s a special culture in play, and this roster purveys the evidence. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Nutty question: Could Warriors become too good? Plus other 2020 storylines," 28 Dec. 2019 The Polish stronghold of New Britain purveys the hearty pleasures of Central European cooking at numerous eateries, including my favorite, Staropolska, a spot of culinary glimmer in a gritty town. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: At Staropolska in New Britain, huge portions of hearty authentic Polish fare, great for a cold winter night," 13 Nov. 2019 When Trump announced his new policy last month, several dissenters lamented his betrayal of people who love America; Kurds are often eager to purvey this myth, too. Ramzy Mardini And Morgan L. Kaplan, Twin Cities, "Mardini, Kaplan: Five myths about Kurds," 4 Nov. 2019 Jay-Z had a vodka, Drew Barrymore sold wines, and Ludacris purveyed cognac. John Kell, Fortune, "The Celebrity-Branded Liquor Market Is Oversaturated," 21 Sep. 2019 The journalists who questioned him were denounced for purveying false news, though Israel Hayom, the biggest freesheet, is so loyal that Israelis call it bibiton (iton is Hebrew for newspaper). The Economist, "The reign of Bibi Netanyahu is ending," 19 Sep. 2019

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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 3 Apr. 2020.

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