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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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Related Words for vended

barter, trade, peddle, hawk, market, huckster

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Historical Examples of vended

  • They then pack them in wooden boxes and sell them to traders, by whom they are vended for pygmies in all parts of the world.

    Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries

    Edward Rowland

  • The stores are open as usual, the same cries are heard in the streets, and the lottery tickets are vended as ever at each corner.

  • The Stoics, the Epicureans, the Platonists, all had their several specifics which they vended as truth.


    J. B. Lightfoot

  • Linseed-oil, thus prepared, is vended by dealers in paints, under the name of boiled oil.

  • The farmer has sowed and planted and reaped and vended nothing but weather all his life.

British Dictionary definitions for vended


  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 for vend

C17: from Latin vendere, contraction of vēnum dare to offer for sale
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Word Origin and History for vended



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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