[ pruh-vahy-der ]
/ prəˈvaɪ dər /


a person or thing that provides.
a person who supports a family or another person.

Nearby words

  1. provident club,
  2. provident society,
  3. providential,
  4. providentially,
  5. providently,
  6. providing,
  7. province,
  8. provincetown,
  9. provincetown print,
  10. provincewide

Origin of provider

First recorded in 1515–25; provide + -er1

Related formsnon·pro·vid·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for provider



1520s, agent noun from provide.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper