verb (used with object)

  1. to sell as one’s business or occupation, especially by peddling: to vend flowers at a sidewalk stand.
  2. to give utterance to (opinions, ideas, etc.); publish.

verb (used without object)

  1. to engage in the sale of merchandise.
  2. to be disposed of by sale.


  1. to sell or be sold
  2. to sell (goods) for a living
  3. (tr) rare to utter or publish (an opinion, etc)

late 14c., from Latin vendere “to sell, praise,” contraction of venumdare “offer for sale,” from venum “for sale” (see venal) + dare “to give” (see date (n.1)). Related: Vended; vending. Vending machine is recorded from 1889.

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