1650s, "advancement" (obs.); 1868 in the sense "carrying of the final letter of a word into the next one" (e.g. newt), from Late Latin provectionem (nominative provectio) "advancement," noun of action from past participle stem provehere "to carry forward," from pro- "toward, ahead" (see pro-) + vehere "to carry" (see vehicle).

Nearby words

  1. prov.,
  2. provable,
  3. provascular tissue,
  4. prove,
  5. prove out,
  6. provedore,
  7. proven,
  8. provenance,
  9. provencal,
  10. provence

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