Definition of purvey in English:



  • 1 Provide or supply (food, drink, or other goods) as one's business.

    ‘shops purveying cooked food’
    • ‘More than 20 million web pages purvey pornography to suit every taste, ‘adult’ chat rooms abound and virtual peepshows are proliferating at a staggering rate.’
    • ‘All are meant to purvey the same message of ubiquitousness, a sinister blend of reassurance and menace.’
    • ‘The dead man was one of many black Africans purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits.’
    • ‘In this effort, advertising companies have notoriously used women as objects to purvey their products.’
    • ‘What that spyware is trying to do is collect that information and the people who are purveying it trying to sell it.’
    • ‘The latter, in its legal and typical form, was a few stalls in a nearby town where peasant women purveyed food to urban-dwellers.’
    • ‘They purveyed all sorts of nonsense to US and UK newspapers, who swallowed it hook line and sinker.’
    • ‘Occasionally, it seems to be their recording technique which purveys a great deal of the album's intimacy rather than the content.’
    • ‘Though never quite managing to hit commercial paydirt, Glasgow-born singer/songwriter John Martyn has carved out an acclaimed career by purveying an idiosyncratic mix of rock, folk and jazz.’
    • ‘We left that hell hole behind us chomping down on the strange alien food purveyed at the exit.’
    • ‘As I see it, we have a perfect example here of the left trying to muzzle or altogether silence a weblog that purveys ideas they don't like or agree with.’
    • ‘At the other end of the city a sex shop proprietor had to fight tooth and nail to obtain a licence to sell his wares, while just around the corner a shop purveying the same stock does not need a licence because he sells candles as well.’
    • ‘Credit cards are convenient, but few individuals have setups where they can handle the plastic, that being the purvey of businesses who deal in volume.’
    • ‘Unless MPs and other leaders are pro-active, there will be very little room for prophets of doom who may wish to take advantage of some weaknesses and use these as fertile ground to purvey lies and discontent.’
    • ‘Interestingly, most adware companies slough off criticism onto their affiliates when caught purveying their unwanted goods.’
    • ‘Our agenda is simply to delight hundreds of millions of children, harmlessly purveying the wholesome, uplifting values of community decency.’
    • ‘He purveys the usual Labour beliefs in comprehensive education.’
    • ‘It purveys locally produced foods, wines, olive oils, cheeses and breads.’
    • ‘However, in the discourse of food and social level purveyed by this image, a more specific message is communicated by that eroticism.’
    • ‘In February 1342 he and William were instructed to sell all victuals purveyed by them.’
    sell, supply, provide, furnish, cater, retail, deal in, trade, carry, handle, stock, offer, auction, have for sale, put on the market, peddle, hawk, tout, traffic in
    pass on, transmit, broadcast, disseminate, spread, put round, put about, circulate, communicate, make known, publicize, publish
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Spread or promote (an idea, view, etc.)
      ‘this magazine feels like a concerted effort to purvey gloom and doom’
      • ‘They purveyed the lie that Connolly was entirely opposed to the use of armed struggle.’
      • ‘He purveys the usual Labour beliefs in comprehensive education.’
      • ‘They then become a center of excellence purveying their expertise to the public at large.’
      • ‘Contrary to the impression purveyed by the media, federalism is opposed by a clear majority of Iraqis - by a majority of Sunnis and a majority of Shi'ites alike.’
      • ‘Wordsworth was complaining about modernity, not the media; the difference in how information is purveyed today is by degrees.’
      • ‘The media continue to purvey subtle (and not so subtle) messages that entrench stereotypical gender conceptions.’
      • ‘All are meant to purvey the same message of ubiquitousness, a sinister blend of reassurance and menace.’
      • ‘Delinquency was theorized by some as a rejection and inversion of the middle-class values purveyed by the school and, by others, as a celebration of working-class values.’
      • ‘It purveys a sense of yearning.’
      • ‘On occasion, Soviet students openly disputed with lecturers purveying official truths, and this was quite shocking for traditionalists.’
      • ‘The government, purveying seriousness, can now be affronted with silliness.’
      • ‘The conservative talk jocks have been purveying this canard to explain their monopoly of the spectrum.’
      • ‘In the case of Vietnam, the anchor began as a reliable mouthpiece for the optimistic scenarios purveyed by the Johnson administration.’
      • ‘Common ownership can result in the same selectively chosen information and the same opinions being purveyed by different media outlets.’
      • ‘Those of them who master its lessons will be inoculated against all manner of ideological nonsense purveyed by their leftist professors.’
      • ‘Occasionally, it seems to be their recording technique which purveys a great deal of the album's intimacy rather than the content.’
      • ‘The ignorance purveyed by these programs puts young people at risk of HIV infection and premature death.’
      • ‘He sets out to disprove the notion purveyed by Republican sympathizers that the media is biased to the left.’
      • ‘His study of representative contemporary types in Irishmen all purveyed an inclusive notion of Irish nationhood.’
      • ‘Thus there is two-fold resistance to the dominant patterns of interpretation which have been purveyed by the mainstream churches.’


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purveier, from Latin providere foresee, attend to (see provide). Early senses included foresee attend to in advance and equip.