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[per-vey] /pərˈveɪ/
verb (used with object)
to provide, furnish, or supply (especially food or provisions) usually as a business or service.
Origin of purvey
1250-1300; Middle English purveien < Anglo-French purveier < Latin prōvidēre to foresee, provide for. See provide Unabridged
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verb (transitive) (pəˈveɪ)
to sell or provide (commodities, esp foodstuffs) on a large scale
to publish or make available (lies, scandal, etc)
noun (ˈpɜːvɪ)
(Scot) the food and drink laid on at a wedding reception, etc
Word Origin
C13: from Old French porveeir, from Latin prōvidēre to provide
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Word Origin and History for purvey

late 13c., from Anglo-French porveire, purveire and directly from Old French porveoir "to provide, prepare, arrange" (Modern French pourvoir), from Latin providere "make ready" (see provide, which now usually replaces it). Related: Purveyed; purveying.

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