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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The indictment says one of the intrusions came that summer, on a vendor whose software is used to verify voter registration information. CBS News, "Top state election officials meet amid security concerns," 14 July 2018 Maryland’s Attorney General is investigating a Russian investor’s ties to a software vendor that maintains part of the State Board of Elections’ voter registration system, officials said Friday. Jean Marbella,, "State investigates Russian investor's ties to Maryland elections software," 13 July 2018 Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. followed by the walk/run from 9-10 a.m. and a vendor fair from 10-11 a.m. The cost of to participate as walker/runner is $25, which includes a T-shirt. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 13 July 2018 The Russians also hacked into the computer system of a vendor that supplies voter registration software, according to the indictment. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Russians attempted to break into Wisconsin voter registration system, but state not mentioned in indictment," 13 July 2018 As with the previous apparel that elicited complaints, the shirts were sold by a third-party vendor. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Walmart Was Once Again Forced to Pull an Offensive Shirt From Its Website," 12 July 2018 DOH’s own website allows, through a third-party vendor, anyone in the world to request these records without even being physically present in Florida (or the United States). Jim Saunders,, "Court halts death records release to nursing home," 10 July 2018 Police told the news station that Mallard got the police jacket through a family member who worked as a vendor for the department. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Cops: Teen impersonated officer, gave false information about fireworks," 10 July 2018 These policies also apply to purchases fulfilled by a third-party vendor. Madeline Buxton,, "How Amazon's Return Policy Works For Prime Day Buys," 9 July 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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18 Sep 2018

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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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the setting in which something occurs

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