\ 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for vend


deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), put up, retail, sell


buy, purchase

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Examples of vend in a Sentence

vends snack foods and novelties at fairs

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The striking spectacle left a steamy Midtown in a temporary ice cream freeze-out and marked a new chapter in the city’s rich history of crackdowns over coveted Manhattan street-vending spots. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "34 Ice Cream Trucks Towed in Midtown ‘Operation Meltdown’," 5 June 2019 Shops would not be able to simply prohibit vending on the adjacent sidewalks, but property owners would get alerted when sidewalk sellers seek permits to do business outside their doors. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "L.A. shops would get voice, not veto, in sidewalk vending," 16 Apr. 2018 Shiru vends only to university students and personnel. Graham Ambrose,, "Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts," 14 July 2018 Plastic Code 6: Polystryene Brittle, hard plastics — including yogurt containers, egg boxes, fast food trays, video cases, disposable cutlery, vending cups and coat hangers. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 2018 Most of them started vending as teenagers, and many still work at souvenir booths. Scott Ostler,, "Going back decades, ballpark vendors share tales from the aisles," 4 July 2018 Around lunch hour on most weekdays, Washington consumes the food sold from vending trucks on downtown streets. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Food truck engulfed in flame, near federal offices in Southwest D.C.," 4 July 2018 Last year, the Los Angeles City Council voted to decriminalize sidewalk vending, giving Sanchez and tens of thousands of other vendors much greater security and allowing them to enter the formal economy. Sarah Portnoy,, "She used to dodge police. Now she can make Puebla-style food and run a business while speaking up for other vendors," 14 June 2018 Each vehicle must include a trash receptacle and the operator would be responsible for ensuring that each vending location is free of litter prior to leaving. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin City Council gives initial nod to lifting 45-year ice cream truck ban," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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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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