[ pruh-vahy-ding ]
/ prəˈvaɪ dɪŋ /


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

Origin of providing

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

Usage note

Definition for providing (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

pro·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

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British Dictionary definitions for providing (1 of 2)



/ (prəˈvaɪdɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for providing (2 of 2)


/ (prəˈvaɪd) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

provider, noun

Word Origin for provide

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