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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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the retailer this week told workers who assemble products like barbecue grills and wheelbarrows, as well as janitors, that their jobs will be eliminated and outsourced to third-party vendors. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Lowe's to lay off thousands of workers," 1 Aug. 2019 In addition to more than 75 vendors, the sidewalk sale will feature live music, food trucks, and special menus at area restaurants and pubs, Dason said. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Winnetka-Northfield merchants to host annual sidewalk sale," 12 July 2019 Abu Sido opened his business in the 1980s, selling many of his items to vendors in the popular marketplace of Jerusalem’s Old City. Washington Post, "Gaza’s traditional crafts industries rapidly disappearing," 10 July 2019 Pace also hired the restructuring firm Emerald Capital Advisors to manage Dean & DeLuca’s financial operations in the United States; some debts to vendors were paid in 2018. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Dean & DeLuca Closes Stores as Debts Pile Up," 10 July 2019 In addition to food vendors, the public can bring their own food and drinks, including alcohol into the park. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Fourth fest heralds Pearland park’s new features," 28 June 2019 Allenby was chosen after rounds of competition that narrowed down more than 60 concepts to the winning four vendors. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Fort Street Galley food hall is losing another vendor," 19 June 2019 That label took hold in 2014 when it was revealed Biological Resource Center not only was taking bodies apart but selling them to vendors for a fee. Stephanie Innes,, "Despite 2-year-old state law, Arizona's body donation industry still unregulated," 10 June 2019 Despite a precedent set by Michelin’s Singapore guide, which has awarded stars to exceptional street-food vendors, the California list consists entirely of traditional brick-and-mortar establishments. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Michelin Guide’s Not Entirely Welcome Return to L.A.," 5 June 2019

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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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not constant or steady

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