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[ pruh-vizh-uhn ]


  1. a clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.

    Synonyms: condition

  2. the providing or supplying of something, especially of food or other necessities.
  3. arrangement or preparation beforehand, as for the doing of something, the meeting of needs, the supplying of means, etc.
  4. something provided; a measure or other means for meeting a need.
  5. a supply or stock of something provided.
  6. provisions, supplies of food.

    Synonyms: stock, provender, store

  7. Ecclesiastical.
    1. an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
    2. appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.

verb (used with object)

  1. to supply with provisions.


/ prəˈvɪʒən /


  1. the act of supplying or providing food, etc
  2. something that is supplied or provided
  3. preparations made beforehand (esp in the phrase make provision for )
  4. plural food and other necessities, esp for an expedition
  5. plural food obtained for a household
  6. a demand, condition, or stipulation formally incorporated in a document; proviso
  7. the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices


  1. tr to supply with provisions
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Derived Forms

  • proˈvisioner, noun
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Other Words From

  • pro·vision·er noun
  • pro·vision·less adjective
  • over·pro·vision noun
  • prepro·vision noun
  • repro·vision verb
  • self-pro·vision noun
  • unpro·visioned adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of provision1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Latin prōvīsiōn- (stem of prōvīsiō ) “a foreseeing,” equivalent to prōvīs(us) (past participle of prōvidēre “to foresee, look after, provide”) + -iōn- suffix; provide, -ion
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Word History and Origins

Origin of provision1

C14: from Latin prōvīsiō a providing; see provide
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Synonym Study

See food.
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Example Sentences

Assembly Bill 3216 also includes provisions to provide laid-off workers a path to return to their jobs, even if an employer or businesses changes ownership.

Solutions include boosting technology access for students, leveraging low-tech, community-based efforts, tutoring and special provisions for the youngest learners.

Given the diminished voting power of employee and investor shares, it is possible that these voting provisions will negatively impact the final price of those shares.

It would strengthen data protection provisions, provide for tougher penalties, and potentially create a new enforcement agency.

If there are provisions for alterations in your digital marketing strategy, you would be able to adapt to any situation.

A Charlie Hebdo reporter said that security provision had been relaxed in the last month or so and the police car disappeared.

Tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years, and thus it seems likely that Grimm would be covered by the provision.

In his opinion, Rio Tinto has not addressed this provision of the comprehensive sanctions against Iran.

There was a provision in the Union Conscription Act of 1863 that allowed wealthy men to pay $300 to buy their way out of service.

Domestic abuse awareness groups opposed the provision, saying it would discourage victims from reporting.

Full provision is made for Catholics and Nonconformists desiring to attend the services of their respective bodies.

Hence, at the end of the war, the provision for redemption of Bank of England notes will work automatically.

Whenever they did, reductions in the rates, or the provision of p. 209greater facilities, were to restore the balance.

This provision also had the effect of preventing the imposition of taxation upon the community by means of railway rates.

However, it also means provision, store, assistance; whence it is no great step to the sense of 'reward.'


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