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.
- pro·vid·a·ble, adjective
- o·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
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How to use provide in a sentence
The dot is part of Apple’s latest iOS software update, and is part of Apple’s ongoing campaign to provide better privacy services.iPhone’s new ‘orange dot’ feature warns you when an app is listening | Jeff | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
During the pandemic, he helped create Operation Masks, a nonprofit that has been providing PPE across the US.With Goat Capital, Justin Kan and Robin Chan want to keep founding alongside the right teams | Eric Eldon | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
The first wave of palm oil plantations, from the 1970s to the 1990s, provided farmers with seven times the income of subsistence-food croppers in the same regions.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
That dividend-plus-repurchases yield provided a solid foundation for future gains, a foundation that’s crumbled since.Will tech stocks stumble or slide? What the fundamentals tell us | Shawn Tully | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
The Hillman Accelerator, created by Matthews Brackeen with former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones in 2017, invests $100,000 and provides mentorship to female- and minority-owned Midwest startups.Cincinnati’s Secret Sauce to Help Minority Businesses Succeed | Nick Fouriezos | September 15, 2020 | Ozy
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.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly? | Clive Irving | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
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.Uncanny Tales | Various
Regular taxation, monopolies, mortgages, and loans barely sufficed to provide for the budget.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
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.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for provide
to put at the disposal of; furnish or supply
to afford; yield: this 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 financially: he 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 store: in summer many animals provide their winter food
- provider, noun
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