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[ pruh-vahyd ]

verb (used with object)

, pro·vid·ed, pro·vid·ing.
  1. to make available; furnish:

    to provide employees with various benefits.

    Synonyms: render, give

  2. to supply or equip:

    to provide the army with new fighter planes.

  3. to afford or yield.

    Synonyms: produce

  4. Law. to arrange for or stipulate beforehand, as by a provision or proviso.
  5. Archaic. to prepare or procure beforehand.

verb (used without object)

, pro·vid·ed, pro·vid·ing.
  1. to take measures with due foresight (usually followed by for or against ).
  2. to make arrangements for supplying means of support, money, etc. (usually followed by for ):

    He provided for his children in his will.

  3. to supply means of support (often followed by for ):

    to provide for oneself.


/ prəˈvaɪd /


  1. to put at the disposal of; furnish or supply
  2. to afford; yield

    this meeting provides an opportunity to talk

  3. intr; often foll by for or against to take careful precautions (over)

    he provided against financial ruin by wise investment

  4. intrfoll byfor to supply means of support (to), esp financially

    he provides for his family

  5. (in statutes, documents, etc) to determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), esp by including a proviso condition
  6. to confer and induct into ecclesiastical offices
  7. rare.
    to have or get in store

    in summer many animals provide their winter food

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Derived Forms

  • proˈvider, noun

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Other Words From

  • pro·vida·ble adjective
  • over·pro·vide verb (used with object) overprovided overproviding
  • prepro·vide verb (used with object) preprovided preproviding
  • unpro·vida·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of provide1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English providen, Latin prōvidēre “to foresee, look after, provide for,” equivalent to prō- pro- 1 + vidēre “to see”; video ( def )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of provide1

C15: from Latin prōvidēre to provide for, from prō- beforehand + vidēre to see

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Example Sentences

Who do you turn to now when you have a decision to make, when you have one less person to provide validation or advice?

Like any service for hire, it is extremely important for the traffickers to provide a reputable service, criminal as it is.

Specifically, the pilots got themselves into a high altitude stall, where the wings lose the capacity to provide lift.

Law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government provide a valuable and often thankless public service in their communities.

Can we provide better services to millions more Americans while actually saving billions of dollars?

On this account, great care should be taken to provide well-drained positions.

The Indians should have a suitable church of their own, and Serrano recommends that the king provide one for them.

The Professor thought very kindly of the dead cousin, whose money would provide for this great work.

Regular taxation, monopolies, mortgages, and loans barely sufficed to provide for the budget.

It is probable he wished to provide written proof of a plea that he was an unwilling agent in the clutch of a mutinous army.