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- n. The act of purveying
- n. The prerogative of the Crown to requisition goods and services for royal use
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of providing or procuring; providence; foresight; preparation; management.
- n. That which is provided; provisions; food.
- n. A providing necessaries for the sovereign by buying them at an appraised value in preference to all others, and oven without the owner's consent. This was formerly a royal prerogative, but has long been abolished.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Foresight; providence.
- n. The act of purveying, providing, furnishing, or procuring; supply; specifically, the procuring of provisions or victuals for a number of persons.
- n. That which is purveyed or prepared, as provision, supplies, etc.
- n. Preparation.
- n. In law, the royal prerogative or right of preemption, by which the king was privileged to buy provisions and necessaries for the use of his household at an appraised value, in preference to all his subjects, and even without the consent of the owner; also, the right of impressing horses and carriages and the enforcement of personal labor, etc., for the use of the sovereign—a right abolished by the statute 12 Charles II., c. 24.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of supplying something
Middle English (Wiktionary)