[ per-vey ]
/ pərˈveɪ /

verb (used with object)

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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British Dictionary definitions for purvey


verb (pəˈveɪ) (tr)

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 for purvey

C13: from Old French porveeir, from Latin prōvidēre to provide
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