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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Uber is competing with three other vendors as part of Santa Monica’s shared mobility pilot program, an 18-month trial that kicked off September 17 to evaluate potential regulations and determine which companies will be granted long-term licenses. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber launches electric scooter service," 3 Oct. 2018 Parks never told the city about her ongoing financial relationship with the vendor. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Feds say Atlanta corruption investigation is expanding," 15 Aug. 2018 All of the selections and ordering and working with vendors to get things still takes time. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "San Francisco Designer Grant K. Gibson's First Book is a Celebration of Personal Style," 30 July 2018 Tighter controls means things are likely to work more often than controls left up to individual vendors. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Here's what happens when using a GeForce GPU with a non-validated FreeSync monitor gets ugly," 9 Jan. 2019 Devold was the country's original influencer: As the letter was shown to vendors elsewhere in Europe as proof of the company's quality, its expansion continued. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Norway, According To Two Design Insiders," 3 Dec. 2018 When trying to sell the H3 to customers, Ko must compete not only with the Falcon 9, but Blue Origin’s New Glenn (first flight in 2021) and Europe’s Ariane 6 (first flight in 2020) in addition to Russian and Chinese vendors. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 All kinds of companies—from major brands (like CB2 and Amazon) to independent Etsy vendors—began selling their versions of the larger-than-life throw. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Won't Believe How Easy It Is To Make A Giant-Knit Blanket," 24 Oct. 2018 Gates used an electronic signature template of Manafort's signature and gave help initiate wire transfers from accounts in Cyprus directly to high end U.S. vendors to avoid reporting the income on Manafort's taxes. Fox News, "How Rick Gates' testimony impacts Manafort trial," 8 Aug. 2018

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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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