purvey

  • 1 Purvey — Pur*vey , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purveyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Purveying}.] [OE. purveien, porveien, OF. porveeir, porveoir, F. pourvoir, fr. L. providere. See {Provide}, and cf. {Purview}.] 1. To furnish or provide, as with a convenience, provisions …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Purvey — Pur*vey , v. i. 1. To purchase provisions; to provide; to make provision. Chaucer. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To pander; with to. Their turpitude purveys to their malice. [R.] Burke. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 purvey — index bear (yield), fund, furnish, pander, provide (supply), replenish, supply …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 purvey — late 13c., from O.Fr. porveoir to provide, from L. providere (see PROVIDE (Cf. provide), which now usually replaces it) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 purvey — *cater, pander Analogous words: *furnish, equip, outfit …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 purvey — ► VERB ▪ provide or supply (food or drink) as one s business. DERIVATIVES purveyor noun. ORIGIN originally also in the senses «foresee», «attend to in advance»: from Old French purveier, from Latin providere foresee, attend to …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 purvey — [pər vā′] vt. [ME pourveien < Anglo Fr purveier < OFr porveir < L providere: see PROVIDE] to furnish or supply (esp. food or provisions) purveyor n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 purvey — UK [pə(r)ˈveɪ] / US [pərˈveɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms purvey : present tense I/you/we/they purvey he/she/it purveys present participle purveying past tense purveyed past participle purveyed formal to provide information, ideas, or products… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 purvey — purveyor pur‧vey‧or [pɜːˈveɪə ǁ pɜːrˈveɪər] noun [countable] COMMERCE a person or company that supplies goods or services to people, especially food or drink: • The company established a reputation as a purveyor of fine wines. purvey verb… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 10 purvey — [[t]pə(r)ve͟ɪ[/t]] purveys, purveying, purveyed 1) VERB If you purvey something such as information, you tell it to people. [FORMAL] [V n] The Director of the Institute of Education, accused me of purveying silly gossip about practices in schools …

    English dictionary

  • 11 Purvey — Recorded in a wide range of spellings including: Purver, Purves, Purviss, and Purvey, this is an Anglo Scottish surname, but one ultimately of Norman French origins. Particulary recorded in the northern counties of England and in Scotland, it is… …

    Surnames reference

  • 12 purvey — Scottish Vernacular Dictionary The suppliers of the funeral repast. Ra Co Op did a fine purvey for Old Joe s funeral …

    English dialects glossary

  • 13 purvey — pur|vey [ pər veı ] verb transitive FORMAL to provide information, ideas, or products: purvey something to someone: These writers purveyed an important message to the people. ╾ pur|vey|or noun count: purveyors of gourmet foods …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 purvey — verb they traveled southward to purvey their furs Syn: sell, supply, provide, furnish, cater, retail, deal in, trade, stock, offer; peddle, hawk, traffic in; informal flog …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 purvey — transitive verb (purveyed; purveying) Etymology: Middle English purveien, from Anglo French purveier, purveer to look at, foresee, provide, from Latin providēre to provide Date: 14th century 1. to supply (as provisions) usually as a matter of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 purvey — /peuhr vay /, v.t. to provide, furnish, or supply (esp. food or provisions) usually as a business or service. [1250 1300; ME purveien < AF purveier < L providere to foresee, provide for. See PROVIDE] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 purvey — verb /pəˈveɪ,pəːˈveɪ/ To furnish or provide. A sayd the kynge, syn ye knowe of your aduenture puruey for hit, and put awey by your craftes that mysauenture. See Also: purveyor, purview …

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  • 18 purvey — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. deliver, yield, hand, give; provide, furnish, cater, provision. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. furnish, serve, supply; see provide 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 purvey — pur|vey [pə:ˈveı US pə:r ] v [T] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: porveeir, from Latin providere; PROVIDE] formal to supply goods, services, information etc to people ▪ DJ Dominic purveys a unique brand of music …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 purvey — see PROVIDE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins


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