- on the condition or understanding (that); provided: He can stay here providing he works.
Origin of providing
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- 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.
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
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1. give, render. 3. produce.
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Examples from the Web for providing
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.LIVE Coverage of the Paris Terror Attacks
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The language school did not focus on providing instruction but instead was a visa mill.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
She also appreciates the importance of providing young girls strong role models, onscreen and off.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
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November 30, 2014
One could argue that they are providing a service—and a service that could be replicated by other outlets and media.Wanted: Less Terrible Political Coverage on TV
November 19, 2014
Dwyer was present for many of the events he describes, providing a you-are-in-the-room feel.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook
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When I last saw her she was providing for five sick and injured ones.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Sometimes, by way of providing a varied entertainment, they sing a dirge.The Devil's Dictionary
At that moment she might be in the power and at the mercy of him who had followed her; providing he were not friendly.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
In that armor of nature's providing he will not shiver or shake any more.
Leaving the common tables, we may therefore proceed to the means of providing food.Laws
- (subordinating sometimes foll by that) on the condition or understanding (that)I'll play, providing you pay me
- to put at the disposal of; furnish or supply
- to afford; yieldthis 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 financiallyhe 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 storein summer many animals provide their winter food
C15: from Latin prōvidēre to provide for, from prō- beforehand + vidēre to see
Word Origin and History for providing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper