purvey

Use the verb purvey to describe the activities of businesses that supply things like food, like the bakery that purveys the best bread in the city.

Purvey, which rhymes with survey, is something that a restaurant or store does: offer us food or supplies that we pay for, like the airport shop that purveys books, magazines and other things that travelers need for their flights. A second meaning refers to spreading an idea — like gossip — usually to a large audience, like when someone purveys embarrassing details about your dating life. Ouch.

Definitions of purvey
  1. verb
    supply with provisions
    synonyms: provision
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    type of:
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
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