ven·​dor | \ ˈven-dər , for sense 1 also ven-ˈdȯr\
variants: or less commonly vender \ ˈven-​dər \

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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Online ticket vendor Vivid Seats in June raised $115 million by adding to its existing first-lien loan, to largely pay down its $185 million second-lien loan. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dwindling ‘Debt Cushions’ Threaten Safety of Leveraged Loans," 25 Jan. 2019 There are even vendors available for the most crucial aspects like fireworks and luxury toilets. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "you can get married at Kensington Palace," 21 Jan. 2019 There are over a dozen vendors to poke around in but the two antique stores, Antiques on Main and the larger, two-story Antiques Barn are highlights. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 The company did nothing but pay vendors, and was reimbursed by Fred Trump at a higher rate, with the extra money split by the kids. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Tenants today are reportedly still paying for a Trump family tax scheme from the 1990s," 15 Dec. 2018 The retail/wholesale event finds more than 50 juried vendors selling lampworked, vintage, glass, globe, gemstones, ceramic and pearls, as well as charms, pendants and supplies to tie it all together. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | July 13-19," 11 July 2018 End-to-end encryption means that the message is impenetrable to everyone — including the app vendor and the network provider — except the message sender and receiver. Barbara Krasnoff, The Verge, "What is RCS and why you might want it," 12 Dec. 2018 Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel at the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told McClatchy that the relationship between the vendor and the public officials raises ethical questions. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: GOP lawmakers want U.S. businesses to get out of business with Chinese telecom companies," 22 June 2018 Jerrianne Lowther, the market spokesperson, says among the returning vendors for the opening market include Arctic Wonder Marketplace and Ba-Lescas Brothers. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Muldoon Farmers Market finds new home in a new neighborhood park," 20 June 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 \
variants: also vender \ ˈven-​dər \

Legal Definition of vendor

: one that sells something

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