provide

[ pruh-vahyd ]
/ prəˈvaɪd /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for provide

provide

/ (prəˈvaɪd) /

verb (mainly tr)

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

provide

v.

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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