purvey

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • puruey (14th-15th centuries)

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman purveer, purveir et al., Old French porveeir, porveoir, from Latin prōvidēre (to provide). Compare provide.

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Verb[edit]

purvey (third-person singular simple present purveys, present participle purveying, simple past and past participle purveyed)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To prepare in advance (for or to do something); to plan, make provision.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV:
      A sayd the kynge, syn ye knowe of your aduenture puruey for hit, and put awey by your craftes that mysauenture.
  2. (transitive) To furnish or provide.
    • Spenser
      Give no odds to your foes, but do purvey / Yourself of sword before that bloody day.
    • 2005, Lesley Brown, trans. Plato, Sophist, 223d:
      Those who sell their own products are distinguished from purveyors, who purvey what others produce.
  3. (transitive) To procure; to get.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      I mean to purvey me a wife after the fashion of the children of Benjamin.

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