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furnish; provide; supply: The caterer will purvey the tables and chairs in addition to the food.
Not to be confused with:
pervade – diffuse; fill; spread throughout all parts of: Suspicion pervades the whole department.
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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.]
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1. to sell or provide (commodities, esp foodstuffs) on a large scale
2. to publish or make available (lies, scandal, etc)
(Cookery) Scot the food and drink laid on at a wedding reception, etc
[C13: from Old French porveeir, from Latin prōvidēre to provide]
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to supply (esp. food or provisions), usu. as a business.
[1250–1300; Middle English purveien < Anglo-French purveier « Latin prōvidēre to foresee, provide for. See provide]
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Past participle: purveyed
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1. communicate, publish, spread, pass on, transmit, make available He accused me of purveying `silly gossip' about practices in schools.
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