verb (used with object), pro·vid·ed, pro·vid·ing.

verb (used without object), pro·vid·ed, pro·vid·ing.

Nearby words

  1. provençale,
  2. proverb,
  3. proverbial,
  4. proverbs,
  5. provertebra,
  6. provided,
  7. providence,
  8. providence in the fall of a sparrow, there's a special,
  9. providence, divine,
  10. providencia

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

Related formspro·vid·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·pro·vide, verb (used with object), o·ver·pro·vid·ed, o·ver·pro·vid·ing.pre·pro·vide, verb (used with object), pre·pro·vid·ed, pre·pro·vid·ing.un·pro·vid·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for provide

British Dictionary definitions for provide


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
Derived Formsprovider, noun

Word Origin for provide

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

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Word Origin and History for provide



early 15c., from Latin providere "look ahead, prepare, supply, act with foresight," from pro- "ahead" (see pro-) + videre "to see" (see vision). Related: Provided; providing. Earlier in same sense was purvey, which is the same word as deformed in Old French.

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