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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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  • O'Mally, verbose as ever, did all the talking and vending of news.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • How long had he been vending his goods through Cazenove street?

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • And it is not slate-writing, toe-joint snapping, fortune-telling, or the vending of charms.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • Stanton went through the door of the automatic restaurant and walked over to the vending wall.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • For the long period of fifteen years, he travelled over the country, vending his volume of "Woodnotes."

  • Composing verses in the vernacular Gaelic, he contrived, by vending them, to add considerably to his finances.

British Dictionary definitions for vending


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 vending



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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