verb (used with object)
to provide, furnish, or supply (especially food or provisions) usually as a business or service.

1250–1300; Middle English purveien < Anglo-French purveier < Latin prōvidēre to foresee, provide for. See provide

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1.  to sell or provide (commodities, esp foodstuffs) on a large scale
2.  to publish or make available (lies, scandal, etc)
3.  (Scot) the food and drink laid on at a wedding reception, etc
[C13: from Old French porveeir, from Latin prōvidēre to provide]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. porveoir "to provide," from L. providere (see provide, which now usually replaces it). Agent noun purveyor (c.1300) is from O.Fr. porveour (13c.), from porveoir.
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