vend

verb \ ˈvend \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of vend

vended; vending; vends
1 a : to sell especially as a hawker or peddler
b : to sell by means of vending machines
2 : to utter publicly
: to dispose of something by sale : sell; also : to engage in selling

Examples of vend in a Sentence

  1. vends snack foods and novelties at fairs

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Origin and Etymology of vend

borrowed from French & Latin; French vendre "to sell," going back to Old French, going back to Latin vēndere, contraction of vēnum dare, literally, "to give for sale" — more at venial, 2date


VEND Defined for Kids

vend

verb \ ˈvend \

Definition of vend for Students

vended; vending
: to sell or offer for sale

vendor

also vender \ˈven-dər\ noun

Law Dictionary

vend

intransitive verb \ ˈvend \

legal Definition of vend

: to dispose of something by sale : sell; also : to engage in selling
: to sell especially as a hawker or peddler


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