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 (pər-vā′, pûr′vā′)
tr.v. pur·veyed, pur·vey·ing, pur·veys
1. To supply or sell (food, for example).
2. To seek to disseminate: ideas purveyed by political extremists.

[Middle English purveien, from Anglo-Norman purveier, from Latin prōvidēre; see provide.]

pur·vey′ance n.


1. (Historical Terms) history the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign
2. rare the act of purveying
3. rare that which is purveyed


(pərˈveɪ əns)

1. the act of purveying.
2. something purveyed, as provisions.
[1225–75; Middle English purvea(u)nce, purvya(u)nce < Old French purveance « Latin prōvidentia. See providence, purvey]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purveyance - the act of supplying something
supplying, provision, supply - the activity of supplying or providing something


[pɜːˈveɪəns] N (frm) → provisión f, suministro m, abastecimiento m


n (form: = sale) → Verkauf m; the purveyance of food to the Navydie Lieferung von Lebensmitteln an die Marine
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The liquor trade may have been a carryover from the old country: "Alcohol production and purveyance was one of the few occupations available to Jews in the crowded and impoverished Pale.
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Myth Watch would expose and censure the purveyance of false chauvinist historical narratives by governments, political movements and other groups around the world.