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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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  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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