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verb (used with object)
  1. to sell as one's business or occupation, especially by peddling: to vend flowers at a sidewalk stand.
  2. to give utterance to (opinions, ideas, etc.); publish.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in the sale of merchandise.
  2. to be disposed of by sale.
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Origin of vend

1610–20; < Latin vendere to sell, contraction of vēnum (or vēnō) dare to offer for sale; see venal
Related formsvend·a·ble, adjectivere·vend, verb (used with object)un·vend·a·ble, adjectiveun·vend·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vend


  1. to sell or be sold
  2. to sell (goods) for a living
  3. (tr) rare to utter or publish (an opinion, etc)
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Derived Formsvendition (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 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.

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