verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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
Related formsvend·a·ble, adjectivere·vend, verb (used with object)un·vend·a·ble, adjectiveun·vend·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for vending

barter, trade, peddle, hawk, market, huckster

Examples from the Web for vending

Contemporary Examples of vending

Historical Examples of vending

  • O'Mally, verbose as ever, did all the talking and vending of news.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • How long had he been vending his goods through Cazenove street?

    The Incendiary

    W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

  • And it is not slate-writing, toe-joint snapping, fortune-telling, or the vending of charms.


    James Huneker

  • Stanton went through the door of the automatic restaurant and walked over to the vending wall.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • For the long period of fifteen years, he travelled over the country, vending his volume of "Woodnotes."

British Dictionary definitions for vending



to sell or be sold
to sell (goods) for a living
(tr) rare to utter or publish (an opinion, etc)
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 vending



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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