vend

verb

vended; vending; vends

transitive verb

1
a
: to sell especially as a hawker or peddler
b
: to sell by means of vending machines
2
: to utter publicly

intransitive verb

: to dispose of something by sale : sell
also : to engage in selling

Examples of vend in a Sentence

vends snack foods and novelties at fairs
Recent Examples on the Web Local governments could restrict vending hours in certain areas and adopt no-vending zones near special events, farmers markets or entertainment districts. Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Last week, San Diego Port commissioners unanimously approved updates to the agency’s vending and expressive activity ordinance. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2023 These founders were also all provided with vending booths in the SOKO MRKT powered by ESSENCE from Friday, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd at the 2023 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 16 Nov. 2023 There are about 5,100 mobile food vending permits in circulation, in a city of 8.7 million people, because of a cap imposed in the 1980s, spurred by concerns about street safety and complaints from storefront owners. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Criteria for impounding would include failing to provide identification, failing to remove sale items that violate city rules, blocking pedestrian pathways, creating unsanitary or unsafe conditions and not having a health permit, vending permit or business license. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2023 On the council, he’s supported a citywide $15 minimum wage, helped legalize street vending and pushed for a pilot program that gave money, no strings attached, to struggling families. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2023 States across the country have already passed street vending laws to provide vendors with rights. Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 New York is the only major city to enforce such a cap on new permits, said Robert Frommer, a senior lawyer with the Institute for Justice, a national nonprofit law firm with expertise in street vending laws. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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, date entry 2

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of vend was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Vend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vend. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

vend

verb
: to offer for sale (as in a vending machine) : sell
vender noun

Legal Definition

vend

intransitive verb
: to dispose of something by sale : sell
also : to engage in selling

transitive verb

: to sell especially as a hawker or peddler

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