- 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.
- 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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- 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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