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See also: Purvey


Alternative forms[edit]

  • puruey (alternative typography, 14th-15th centuries)


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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəˈveɪ/, /pəːˈveɪ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɚˈveɪ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ
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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, chapter j, in 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 / Nay said Merlyn it wylle not be / soo he departed from the kynge
  2. (transitive) To furnish or provide.
  3. (transitive) To procure; to get.

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