victual

or vit·tle

[vit-l]
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verb (used with object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.
  1. to supply with victuals.
verb (used without object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.
  1. to take or obtain victuals.
  2. Archaic. to eat or feed.

Origin of victual

1275–1325; Middle English vitaille < Anglo-French, Middle French vitail(l)e, Old French vituaille < Late Latin victuālia provisions, noun use of neuter plural of Latin victuālis pertaining to food, equivalent to victu(s) nourishment, way of living (vic-, variant stem of vīvere to live + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ālis -al1; modern spelling < Latin
Related formsvict·ual·less, adjectivere·vict·ual, verb, re·vict·ualed, re·vict·ual·ing or (especially British) re·vict·ualled, re·vict·ual·ling.un·vic·tualed, adjectiveun·vic·tualled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for victualled

Historical Examples of victualled

  • They were victualled for a long siege, and as the place was strong they had nothing to fear.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • Sir Allan victualled it for the day, and provided able rowers.

  • The Endeavour was victualled for a cruise of eighteen months.

    The Cannibal Islands

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • She carried thirty-six guns, and was victualled for a long voyage.

    Notable Voyagers

    W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

  • "We were victualled for six months, and of that which was good," runs the record.

    A Book of Discovery

    Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge


British Dictionary definitions for victualled

victual

verb -uals, -ualling or -ualled or US -uals, -ualing or -ualed
  1. to supply with or obtain victuals
  2. (intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals
Derived Formsvictual-less, adjective

Word Origin for victual

C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for victualled

victual

n.

c.1300; see victuals.

victual

v.

c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.

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