- to make available; furnish: to provide employees with various benefits.
- to supply or equip: to provide the army with new fighter planes.
- to afford or yield.
- Law. to arrange for or stipulate beforehand, as by a provision or proviso.
- Archaic. to prepare or procure beforehand.
- to take measures with due foresight (usually followed by for or against).
- to make arrangements for supplying means of support, money, etc. (usually followed by for): He provided for his children in his will.
- to supply means of support (often followed by for): to provide for oneself.
Origin of provide
1375–1425; late Middle English providen < Latin prōvidēre to foresee, look after, provide for, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vidēre to see
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1. give, render. 3. produce.
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Examples from the Web for provide
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Like any service for hire, it is extremely important for the traffickers to provide a reputable service, criminal as it is.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
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Specifically, the pilots got themselves into a high altitude stall, where the wings lose the capacity to provide lift.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
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Can we provide better services to millions more Americans while actually saving billions of dollars?Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
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These photographers are respected, indeed, but that is not in and of itself enough to provide insight about the city.A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
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Solomon, the Wise, decided to provide them with a magnificent home.Ancient Man
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If she would go with him, he held such a position that he could provide for her honourably.The Armourer's Prentices
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"De Lawd will provide" was her motto, and He never failed her.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
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It alone has the power to provide revenues for the Government.
It is the crisis which makes the pressure, and not the laws which provide a remedy for it.
- to put at the disposal of; furnish or supply
- to afford; yieldthis meeting provides an opportunity to talk
- (intr; often foll by for or against) to take careful precautions (over)he provided against financial ruin by wise investment
- (intr foll by for) to supply means of support (to), esp financiallyhe provides for his family
- (in statutes, documents, etc) to determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), esp by including a proviso condition
- to confer and induct into ecclesiastical offices
- rare to have or get in storein summer many animals provide their winter food
C15: from Latin prōvidēre to provide for, from prō- beforehand + vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for provide
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