One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Offer (small items, especially food) for sale, especially either from a stall or from a slot machine.‘there was a man vending sticky cakes and ices’
put up for sale, put on the market, sell, market, make available, put under the hammer, ask for bids forView synonyms
- ‘Occupations among the poorer classes involved mainly domestic work but also included street vending, or small retail commerce in foodstuffs, coal or fish.’
- ‘There are ‘Rail Marts’ in each coach for vending soft drinks, snacks, tea and coffee.’
- ‘All flavors are available in bulk bags for retail sales, while eight come in prepacks for vending.’
- ‘She used to vend young coconuts as a drink on the wayside.’
- ‘It's probably well known by now that Japan is the empire of vending machines, vending just about anything that can be vended.’
- ‘Those who are literate and have work permits may drive yellow cabs or use their profits from vending to open a restaurant, boutique, or import-export business.’
- ‘School age children are being put to work for family business or sent out by their parents to vend in the streets or beg.’
- ‘The report said that that 75 percent of the children do menial jobs, such as street vending and domestic service, or work as shoeshine boys, car caretakers, and in agriculture.’
- ‘By now readers will have guessed that I am addressing the vexing question of roadside vending, and why, in spite of decades of attempts to eradicate what is illegal and most times unsightly, the authorities have failed.’
- ‘Such children in rural areas help their parents on subsistence farms, while in the shanty areas of towns school dropouts engage in petty street vending.’
- ‘Customers will be able to buy it from machines vending items like cigarettes and contraceptives.’
- ‘He'll continue parking and vending on Commercial Drive between rush hours, then drive to the beaches to sleep at night.’
- ‘Complaints such as poor lit roads, uncollected garbage, damaged roads, street vending and water shortage have been the order of the day.’
- ‘I landed a job vending drinks at college football games.’
- ‘Many Uruguayans resort to such jobs as street vending and tailoring.’
- ‘Some countries like Malta vend soft drinks from machines in glass bottles which is no use if you aren't carrying a bottle opener as I found out!’
- ‘In them came those who vended meat pies, nshima with sausages, French fries and many other foodstuffs.’
- ‘Oh yyyyeah, this is Mexico - quaint religious shops, Virgin Marys everywhere, guys laying around on the street and taquerias vending food for one-tenth the price of just a few blocks away.’
- ‘While there is a legal working age of eighteen, this is not enforced, and many children are engaged in farm work and street vending.’
- ‘Many migrants to the cities are unable to find employment and so, take to street vending.’
- 1.1Law formal Sell (something).
vending, selling off, auctioning, trading, trade, trade inView synonyms
- ‘It's an unusual agenda these days, but I believe Armani Jeans is still vending that higher-waisted style.’
- ‘Inside and outside ballparks and arenas, there are always people vending programs.’
- ‘Buying tickets is easier too, thanks to a new advanced booking line and a new entrance gallery with state-of-the-art computerised ticket vending and a self-service credit card point.’
- ‘Below the glamour, glitter, and stardom, the bottom line of the music industry is to obtain high-quality content as cheaply as possible and to vend that content to as many people as possible for the highest price the markets will bear.’
- ‘The company vends dairy products, bacon, eggs and spring water.’
- ‘The store vends an array of offensive and defensive equipment such as armor, weapons and ammunition.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘be sold’): from French vendre or Latin vendere ‘sell’, from venum ‘something for sale’ + a variant of dare ‘give’.
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