Definition of vend in US English:

vend

verb

[with object]
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    put up for sale, put on the market, sell, market, make available, put under the hammer, ask for bids for
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    1. 1.1Law formal Sell (something).
      • ‘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.’
      vending, selling off, auctioning, trading, trade, trade in
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Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

vend

/vend//vɛnd/