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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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famished upon the sifted meal and distilled water of a prudish purveyance.
More potent intoxicants these than any that need licenses for their purveyance, responsible-- see the poets--for no end of human foolishness.
Politics, like religion, thrives in the purveyance of hope.
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Using purveyance accounts, he shows how each commodity required by the town had its own regional origin.
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He concluded after rigorous analysis "that teaching in both liberal arts and professional programs has been too much concerned with the purveyance of subject matter and too little with its influence on the character and personalities of young people.
The literature suggests that the mental health community, generally speaking, seeks the purveyance of rights as a means to address the many complex legal, medical and socio-economic issues that pervade the mental health system.
Yet not only is humanitarianism an increasingly popular, and by no means unproblematic, way in which Western citizens are invited to respond to the world around them; its ready purveyance of moral absolutes--we shall do something--is no less useful to their governments.