verb (used with object), pro·vid·ed, pro·vid·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), pro·vid·ed, pro·vid·ing.
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
Synonyms for provide
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verb (mainly tr)
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
Word Origin for provide
C15: from Latin prōvidēre to provide for, from prō- beforehand + vidēre to see
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