provision

[pruh-vizh-uhn]
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noun
  1. a clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
  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.
  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.

Origin of provision

1300–50; Middle English < Latin prōvīsiōn- (stem of prōvīsiō) a foreseeing, equivalent to prōvīs(us) (past participle of prōvidēre to provide) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspro·vi·sion·er, nounpro·vi·sion·less, adjectiveo·ver·pro·vi·sion, nounpre·pro·vi·sion, nounre·pro·vi·sion, verbself-pro·vi·sion, nounun·pro·vi·sioned, adjective

Synonyms for provision

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1. condition. 2. catering, purveying. 6. store, provender, stock. See food.
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Contemporary Examples of provision

Historical Examples of provision

  • It has been the accumulation of years, and was intended as a provision for you and Robert.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The arrangements your father has made is one of provision against the unlikely.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The possession of the furniture would not be in any sense a provision.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Granted; and provision is made for this in the new order of things.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • The provision made for the next year was calculated at 40,000 horse-power.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka


British Dictionary definitions for provision

provision

noun
  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
verb
  1. (tr) to supply with provisions
Derived Formsprovisioner, noun

Word Origin for provision

C14: from Latin prōvīsiō a providing; see provide
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Word Origin and History for provision
n.

late 14c., "a providing beforehand, action of arranging in advance" (originally in reference to ecclesiastical appointments made before the position was vacant), from Old French provision "precaution, care" (early 14c.), from Latin provisionem (nominative provisio) "a foreseeing, foresight, preparation, prevention," noun of action from past participle stem of providere "look ahead" (see provide). Meaning "something provided" is attested from late 15c.; specific sense of "supply of food" is from c.1600.

v.

"to supply with provisions," 1787, from provision (n.). Related: Provisioned; provisioning.

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