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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide, furnish, or supply (especially food or provisions) usually as a business or service.
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Origin of purvey

1250–1300; Middle English purveien < Anglo-French purveier < Latin prōvidēre to foresee, provide for. See provide
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Historical Examples

  • Garland, will you purvey another psychic and conduct the pursuit?

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

  • From Rousseau's "Confessions," we have not room to purvey further.

    Classic French Course in English

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • Then the king let purvey for a great feast, and let cry a great jousts.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry

  • In the vile companions who purvey to his baser appetites he finds no charm.

  • Now, why should not the Commissariat purvey the Hospital with food?

British Dictionary definitions for purvey


verb (pəˈveɪ) (tr)
  1. to sell or provide (commodities, esp foodstuffs) on a large scale
  2. to publish or make available (lies, scandal, etc)
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noun (ˈpɜːvɪ)
  1. Scot the food and drink laid on at a wedding reception, etc
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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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