ven·​dor | \ ˈven-dər How to pronounce vendor (audio) , for sense 1 also ven-ˈdȯr\
variants: or less commonly vender \ ˈven-​dər How to pronounce vender (audio) \

Definition of vendor

1 : one that vends : seller

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Synonyms & Antonyms for vendor


broker, dealer, merchandiser, seller


buyer, purchaser

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Examples of vendor in a Sentence

we're thinking of making a deal with that other software vendor

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Buy flowers, fresh vegetables and fruits, and other treats from local vendors. Ron Browning,, "Havre de Grace: First Friday and Jazz & Blues Fest highlight weekend," 6 June 2019 The company says that 17 different RTX Studio laptops from seven major PC vendors—Acer, Asus, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI and Razer—will be available when the notebooks launch in June. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's RTX Studio laptops pair fierce hardware with dedicated drivers for content creators," 27 May 2019 At the most recent fair, in October of 2018, visitors could browse booths, nibble on food from local vendors, stop to play a game of cornhole, or cozy up to a firepit—all to the tune of live music. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Field + Supply: The Craft Fair Worth Traveling Cross Country For," 12 Apr. 2019 Higher prices could depress sales, and with it the fees that the company collects from vendors. The Economist, "Amazon wins from a Supreme Court ruling," 10 July 2018 Food available to purchase from vendors and local restaurants. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink events: Cooking classes, wine tastings, more (Summer 2018 edition)," 6 July 2018 The tax would be imposed on purchases from vendors out of the region who are otherwise not required to collect tax on their sales. Karen Pearlman,, "Lemon Grove to consider various ways to make money," 26 June 2018 Folks can purchase food from street vendors, and live music will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage, featuring Waukegan favorite Ivy Ford. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Organizer: Scoop Waukegan is all about nostalgia, inclusiveness," 25 June 2018 This looming European deadline has aviation industry vendors vying for the best solution, and Honeywell has emerged as the champion of using connectivity to preserve flight data. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of vendor

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vendor

borrowed from Anglo-French vendur, vendour, from vendre "to sell" + -ur, -our -or entry 1 — more at vend

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The first known use of vendor was in 1594

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Financial Definition of vendor

What It Is

A vendor is a company or person that sells goods or services.

How It Works

Vendors sell accounting services, food, electricity, hair styling, maid service, toilet repair, and just about anything else imaginable.

Why It Matters

Vendors don't just sell goods and services, they also buy goods and services from other vendors. For instance, Company XYZ might be an accounting services vendor, but it also purchases office supplies from other vendors.

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English Language Learners Definition of vendor

: a person who sells things especially on the street
: a business that sells a particular type of product


ven·​dor | \ ˈven-dər, ven-ˈdȯr How to pronounce vendor (audio) \
variants: also vender \ ˈven-​dər How to pronounce vender (audio) \

Legal Definition of vendor

: one that sells something

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