The Closing Word: Purvey

The Closing Word: PurveyThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (purr-VAY)

1. supply with provisions
2. spread or promote (an idea, view, etc.)

From “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.”

“In addition to tools and household goods, the local hardware store purveys a lovely selection of succulents and flowers.”


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