• WordNet 3.6
    • v purvey supply with provisions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1388.
    • Purvey To furnish or provide, as with a convenience, provisions, or the like. "Give no odds to your foes, but do purvey Yourself of sword before that bloody day."
    • Purvey To pander; -- with to. "Their turpitude purveys to their malice."
    • Purvey To procure; to get. "I mean to purvey me a wife after the fashion of the children of Benjamin."
    • Purvey To purchase provisions; to provide; to make provision.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purvey To foresee.
    • purvey To provide; supply; furnish; especially (in modern use), to provide or supply provisions or other necessaries for (a number of persons).
    • purvey To provide; make provision; purchase or supply provisions, especially for a number.
    • purvey To pander: with to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Purvey pur-vā′ v.t, to provide, esp. with conveniences: to procure
    • v.i Purvey to provide: to buy in provisions for several persons: (with to) to pander
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. purveien, porveien, OF. porveeir, porveoir, F. pourvoir, fr. L. providere,. See Provide, and cf. Purview


In literature:

Such a delicacy cost a whole quarter, the most expensive treat that the soda fountain purveyed.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Never was man less bent on purveying morsels of deleterious gossip.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
This is very good drink, Mr. Spencer; your purveyance, I suppose?
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
He seemed to have swallowed a lot of stories purveyed by people who were no friends to this country.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 22, 1916" by Various
For substance, Montaigne is rich in practical wisdom, his own by original reflection, or by discreet purveyal.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
The royal household was a complex 'body corporate' founded in the old days of 'purveyance.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
An enormous grievance was long the office of purveyance.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
You've altogether made a brilliant effort to-day in the purveying line: the cakes are particularly good.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
As night drew on, the others came trooping in, ready to do justice to anything eatable the chef could purvey.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
Purveyance, as I have already said, may serve to distinguish the defects from the abuses of our constitution.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam

In news:

The austere appearance of Japanese Premium Beef's first retail outlet belies the richness of what it purveys: beef called washugyu, a Black Angus/wagyu cross raised in Oregon.
One of the world's leading experts on Chinese single-tree teas purveys her rare brews in an unlikely locale: a shop in a run-of-the-mill South Bay mall.
In the realm of haute couture , where seamstresses concoct handmade gowns that cost as much as a car, one atelier has caused a sensation by purveying a different kind of made-to-measure.
The gourmet-purveying Maccioni family tradition extends to its second generation.
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff Local playwright La'Charles Purvey attacks the stereotypes within his own African- American community in "Condescendin' White Boys.".
Kentucky's well-known ambivalence toward the legal sale of alcoholic beverages is being tested anew by a federal judge's ruling that finds it's unconstitutional to keep grocery stores and other retailers from purveying wine and spirits.
There are many styles of music being purveyed by local musicians, everything from hip hop to harsh noise.
For thirty years a certain Brunswick convenience store has been purveying an astonishing assortment of excellent wines.
Amid a seaside village bent on reinventing itself, a stately inn still prospers by purveying the comforts and hospitality of an earlier day.