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provider

[pruh-vahy-der] /prəˈvaɪ dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that provides.
2.
a person who supports a family or another person.
Origin of provider
1515-1525
First recorded in 1515-25; provide + -er1
Related forms
nonprovider, noun
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  • The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • If they come, let them come, and God be my aid and provider!

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • The story of the jackal being his “provider,”—killing them for him,—is not true.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Fish and flesh had they a plenty—with Ossaroo as their provider.

    The Cliff Climbers Captain Mayne Reid
  • He is a provider of natural produce, manufacturer, middleman and consumer, all in one.

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
Word Origin and History for provider
n.

1520s, agent noun from provide.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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