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[ven-der; especially contrastively ven-dawr] /ˈvɛn dər; especially contrastively vɛnˈdɔr/
a person or agency that sells.
Also, vender.
1585-95; < Anglo-French vendo(u)r < Latin venditor. See vend, -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for vendor
  • If you think you may need extra parts, choose a kit by a vendor that also sells individual pieces.
  • Now the library has contracted this out to some external vendor.
  • The city's vendor contracts, expense reports and various other things have already been there for about a year.
  • They say they can settle any disputes that might arise when more than one vendor wants to work at the same location.
  • Maybe because they didn't pay for it from a vendor or who knows but they later went outside to get it developed.
  • The brown handball-size fruit the vendor offers me looks positively rotten.
  • It turns out that making them at home is as fun as buying them from the ice cream vendor.
  • The agency failed to delete data on the drive before sending it to the vendor.
  • Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the vendor disclosures page.
  • And what were they ever but for a proprietary vendor based on an open source platform.
British Dictionary definitions for vendor


(mainly law) a person who sells something, esp real property
another name for vending machine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vendor
1590s, from late Anglo-Fr. vendor, from vendre "to vend," from L. vendere "to sell" (see vend).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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