\ 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 Cities have both a right and an obligation to regulate vending in the interest of safety and public health, particularly at busy destinations like the Santa Monica Pier, experts said. Sonja Sharp,, "Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules," 30 June 2019 Permits could be revoked for providing false information, violating city law, repeat violations of the city’s new sidewalk vending rules or failure to pay fines under the new rules. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego considering crackdown on flood of new sidewalk vendors," 26 Aug. 2019 Pieces of the 40-ton stage will be transported by ferry early this week; electricity will be routed to the airport’s grassy area; portable toilets, vending operations, and fencing will be installed. Laura Johnston,, "Kid Rock headlines Put-in-Bay’s third annual Bash at the Bay: Everything you need to know," 26 Aug. 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 In 1961, a subsidiary of the global conglomerate Unilever absorbed Good Humor, and in the 1970s, skyrocketing gas prices rendered street vending unprofitable. Ron Hurtibise,, "With much Good Humor, vintage ice cream trucks serve nostalgia on a stick," 4 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 Yet, more than six months after a state law decriminalizing sidewalk vending went into effect, Avila still keeps a sharp eye out. Sonja Sharp,, "Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules," 30 June 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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of vend was in 1613

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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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