\ 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 Why is there a black market for mobile food vending licenses? Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Handcuffed for Selling Churros: Inside the World of Illegal Food Vendors," 11 Nov. 2019 More information on schedules and vending opportunities will be posted on LakewoodAlive’s website. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Lakewood Summer Meltdown postponed until Aug. 8 due to coronavirus pandemic," 16 Apr. 2020 Many who have little money to migrate, or prefer to stay closer to home, are settling in border towns like San Antonio, where the informal economy of black market goods and street vending provide them with some work opportunities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Venezuelan border town swells with internal migrants," 2 Oct. 2019 With no houses to clean, no motorcycle taxis to drive and no markets to vend their wares, many face eviction and starvation. Aryn Baker, Time, "Few Doctors, Fewer Ventilators: African Countries Fear They Are Defenseless Against Inevitable Spread of Coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements and promotional materials (including stickers and vending items). Ed Masley, azcentral, "Arizona Roots Festival: Everything you need to know to attend the reggae concert weekend," 17 Feb. 2020 Sites such as eBay, Poshmark, ThredUp and Facebook Marketplace allow just about anybody to vend their goods. NBC News, "How to sell your unwanted stuff," 6 Jan. 2019 Fines for vending without a permit would be $250 for a first violation, $500 for a second and $1,000 after that. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego considering crackdown on flood of new sidewalk vendors," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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