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[vend] /vɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to sell as one's business or occupation, especially by peddling:
to vend flowers at a sidewalk stand.
to give utterance to (opinions, ideas, etc.); publish.
verb (used without object)
to engage in the sale of merchandise.
to be disposed of by sale.
Origin of vend
1610-20; < Latin vendere to sell, contraction of vēnum (or vēnō) dare to offer for sale; see venal
Related forms
vendable, adjective
revend, verb (used with object)
unvendable, adjective
unvended, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vend
  • The applicant is requesting a license to hawk, peddle or vend any good, wares or merchandise owned by him except for liquor.
  • Hygienic reformers are usually unequaled in imaginary horrors, except by the charlatans who vend panaceas.
  • These relations then led me to panhandlers, some of whom also sometimes scavenge and vend.
British Dictionary definitions for vend


to sell or be sold
to sell (goods) for a living
(transitive) (rare) to utter or publish (an opinion, etc)
Derived Forms
vendition (vɛnˈdɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vendere, contraction of vēnum dare to offer for sale
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Word Origin and History for vend

late 14c., from Latin vendere "to sell, praise," contraction of venumdare "offer for sale," from venum "for sale" (see venal) + dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Related: Vended; vending. Vending machine is recorded from 1889.

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