\ ˈvend How to pronounce vend (audio) \
vended; vending; vends

Definition of vend

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Examples of vend in a Sentence

vends snack foods and novelties at fairs
Recent Examples on the Web Poshmark is best for fashion brands and Starbucks tumblers Poshmark is the ideal selling destination for those vending designer apparel, accessories, and even certain home goods. NBC News, "How to sell your unwanted stuff," 6 Jan. 2019 Photo: aleksandar plavecski/epa-efe/rex/EPA/Shutterstock The car-vending concept has been tried in the U.S.—with limited success. Liza Lin, WSJ, "To Buy a Car in China, Hit the Vending Machine," 5 Apr. 2018 Food trucks outside the grandstand vended different styles of cuisine. Alan Behr,, "Horseshoes and straw hats: a day of polo in Connecticut," 8 Oct. 2019 Next to him a Mexican blanket on an unattended table displayed more nuts, with some Aztec calendars for variety; on the other side of him a man in a red nogales cap was vending wooden birds and cheap jewelry. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 Food booths are the only type of booths permitted to vend at the festival., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 25 July 2019 So citizens quietly put the war pods toward other uses: sheltering livestock, accommodating back-packers, vending tasty snacks. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of vend

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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, date entry 2

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14 Feb 2020

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“Vend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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\ ˈvend How to pronounce vend (audio) \
vended; vending

Kids Definition of vend

: to sell or offer for sale

Other Words from vend

vendor also vender \ ˈven-​dər \ noun
\ ˈvend How to pronounce vend (audio) \

Legal Definition of vend

: 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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