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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.
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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
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(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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purveyance - the act of supplying something
supplying, provision, supply - the activity of supplying or providing something
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[pɜːˈveɪəns] N (frm) → provisión f, suministro m, abastecimiento m
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n (form: = sale) → Verkauf m; the purveyance of food to the Navydie Lieferung von Lebensmitteln an die Marine
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Internet provides platform for the purveyance of news fake or otherwise all at lightning speed.
Politics, like religion, thrives in the purveyance of hope.
The characteristics of the K release kinetics can reflect the soil K purveyance capability (Jalali 2006; Jalali and Zarabi 2006); similarly, K fixation capacity can affect K fertilisation availability (Ross et al.
Using purveyance accounts, he shows how each commodity required by the town had its own regional origin.
(69) Christopher Given-Wilson, 'Purveyance for the Royal Household, 1362-1413', Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 56 (1983), 145-63; G.
Initially, in challenging white purveyance of negative, derogating black images, black women writers began to construct "women-centered communities [as] defenses against sexism and racism, in other words against the abuses that are inflicted on black women" (Christian 1993: 120).
Thereafter, Leonard seeks to fill in the gaps in the incomplete literature on Panama through the purveyance of an army of relevant facts.
Lords Pearce and Radcliffe hypothesized that explicit mention of compensation was absent because the right to dig for saltpetre was a considered a purveyance. Purveyances were pre-emptive rights of purchase that would require the king to pay for the saltpetre.
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...seeking to understand the meaning of life." (10) McGrath's time in education had convinced him that the professor's latest article, the institution's budget, and traditional academic autonomy all prevented colleges and universities from making curriculum reforms.