- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for vend
In that case, finding a location to vend in the central business district could be tough.DC Wants to Put Many of Its Food Trucks Out of Business
March 21, 2013
A patent is granted for the right to make, to use and to vend.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
In 1510 an alliance was also formed between Sweden and the Vend cities.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
But John Fletcher was not on the station corner to vend his wares.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
They say that if the preachers get hold of it they will vend it from their pulpits.The Battle of The Press
Theophila Carlile Campbell
That he will not have to go out into the market-place and vend his wares!The Journal of Arthur Stirling
- to sell or be sold
- to sell (goods) for a living
- (tr) rare to utter or publish (an opinion, etc)
C17: from Latin vendere, contraction of vēnum dare to offer for sale
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Word Origin and History for vend
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