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vend

[vend] /vɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to sell as one's business or occupation, especially by peddling:
to vend flowers at a sidewalk stand.
2.
to give utterance to (opinions, ideas, etc.); publish.
verb (used without object)
3.
to engage in the sale of merchandise.
4.
to be disposed of by sale.
Origin of vend
1610-1620
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
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  • As licence had been given to two vintners to dress and vent flesh, Will prays for similar licence to dress and vend fish also.

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
  • A patent is granted for the right to make, to use and to vend.

  • I come to vend the pearl of great value, yet without asking money or price; but dare not tell my errand.

  • In 1510 an alliance was also formed between Sweden and the vend cities.

  • Guend and vend were of course two phases of an old Celtic word, but the former is necessarily the older.

    Palaeography Bernard Quaritch
  • They say that if the preachers get hold of it they will vend it from their pulpits.

    The Battle of The Press Theophila Carlile Campbell
  • Still less important than the Bundehesh is the gloss on "vend."

  • He has no literature to vend, but he does not despair on that account.

    The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood
  • She had previously learned the fatal ease of the ready-made meals they vend at such places, and she compiled her first menu there.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for vend

vend

/vɛnd/
verb
1.
to sell or be sold
2.
to sell (goods) for a living
3.
(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
v.

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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