- to provide, furnish, or supply (especially food or provisions) usually as a business or service.
Origin of purvey
Examples from the Web for purvey
Garland, will you purvey another psychic and conduct the pursuit?The Shadow World
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.Revolution and Other Essays
Now, why should not the Commissariat purvey the Hospital with food?The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
- to sell or provide (commodities, esp foodstuffs) on a large scale
- to publish or make available (lies, scandal, etc)
- Scot the food and drink laid on at a wedding reception, etc
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.