providing

[ pruh-vahy-ding ]
/ prəˈvaɪ dɪŋ /

conjunction

on the condition or understanding (that); provided: He can stay here providing he works.

Nearby words

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

Origin of providing

First recorded in 1375–1425, providing is from the late Middle English word provydyng. See provide, -ing2

Usage note


provide

[ pruh-vahyd ]
/ prəˈvaɪd /

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

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

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 providing

providing

provided

/ (prəˈvaɪdɪŋ) /

conjunction

(subordinating sometimes foll by that) on the condition or understanding (that)I'll play, providing you pay me

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 providing

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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