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[pruh-vizh-uh n] /prəˈvɪʒ ən/
a clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
the providing or supplying of something, especially of food or other necessities.
arrangement or preparation beforehand, as for the doing of something, the meeting of needs, the supplying of means, etc.
something provided; a measure or other means for meeting a need.
a supply or stock of something provided.
provisions, supplies of food.
  1. an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
  2. appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.
verb (used with object)
to supply with provisions.
Origin of provision
1300-50; Middle English < Latin prōvīsiōn- (stem of prōvīsiō) a foreseeing, equivalent to prōvīs(us) (past participle of prōvidēre to provide) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
provisioner, noun
provisionless, adjective
overprovision, noun
preprovision, noun
reprovision, verb
self-provision, noun
unprovisioned, adjective
1. condition. 2. catering, purveying. 6. store, provender, stock. See food. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for provisioned
Historical Examples
  • She was provisioned with all the food they could spare for the six who were to go.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • A fleet of a thousand armed galleys, equipped and provisioned for two years.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • They rode away the next morning, armed and provisioned well.

    The Texan Star Joseph A. Altsheler
  • By noon she was provisioned and everything was ready for our cruise.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • He had also armed the cutter, and stored and provisioned her completely for a voyage round the world.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • Then a second cell is built, backing on the first and provisioned in the same manner.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • The Sea Eagle was provisioned, and a light wireless apparatus installed, the stay wires being used as arials.

  • The cavern was now provisioned and watered for at least four days.

    The First Mate Harry Collingwood
  • The boats are lowered away and provisioned for several days.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
  • They were provisioned as if for a long trip, two weeks or more.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for provisioned


the act of supplying or providing food, etc
something that is supplied or provided
preparations made beforehand (esp in the phrase make provision for)
(pl) food and other necessities, esp for an expedition
(pl) food obtained for a household
a demand, condition, or stipulation formally incorporated in a document; proviso
the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices
(transitive) to supply with provisions
Derived Forms
provisioner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōvīsiō a providing; see provide
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Word Origin and History for provisioned



late 14c., "a providing beforehand, action of arranging in advance" (originally in reference to ecclesiastical appointments made before the position was vacant), from Old French provision "precaution, care" (early 14c.), from Latin provisionem (nominative provisio) "a foreseeing, foresight, preparation, prevention," noun of action from past participle stem of providere "look ahead" (see provide). Meaning "something provided" is attested from late 15c.; specific sense of "supply of food" is from c.1600.


"to supply with provisions," 1787, from provision (n.). Related: Provisioned; provisioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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