Definition of purvey verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

purvey

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pəˈveɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈveɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purvey
BrE BrE//pəˈveɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈveɪ//
 
he / she / it purveys
BrE BrE//pəˈveɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈveɪz//
 
past simple purveyed
BrE BrE//pəˈveɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈveɪd//
 
past participle purveyed
BrE BrE//pəˈveɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈveɪd//
 
-ing form purveying
BrE BrE//pəˈveɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈveɪɪŋ//
 
 
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purvey something (formal) to supply food, services or information to people Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purveier, from Latin providere ‘foresee, attend to’, from pro- ‘before’ + videre ‘to see’. Early senses included ‘foresee’, ‘attend to in advance’, and ‘equip’.
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