- an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
- appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of provision
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historical usage of provision
The Old French noun comes from Latin prōvisiō (stem prōvisiōn- ) “an act or action of seeing ahead, foresight, provision (against something),” a derivative of the verb prōvidēre “to see ahead, in advance, or beforehand; consider or take steps in advance; exercise forethought or caution; supply, provide.” Prōvidēre is a verb formed from the Latin preposition and prefix pro, pro-, here meaning “forward, outward,” and the simple verb vidēre “to see, observe, witness, act with foresight, take care.” Thus, its meaning is “to see or act forward.”
The noun sense “an appointment to an ecclesiastical office, an appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant” dates from the late 14th century. The plural noun provisions “a supply of food” dates from the mid-16th century. The verb sense “to supply with stores or provisions” is first recorded at the beginning of the 17th century; it is formed from the noun by functional shift (a change in grammatical function).
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They declined to disclose details on the specific provisions Apple was trying to knock down or change because they feared providing that knowledge would identify them to Apple.Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China|Reed Albergotti|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
As long as people are able to pay the majority of their bills, and the large banks have made appropriate provisions for bad debt, then you’re not looking at a cliff — it’s just the continued challenges in a broader economic environment.As Q4 gathers pace, the ad industry braces for long-lasting economic trauma|Seb Joseph|October 30, 2020|Digiday
That’s because those states’ amendments eliminate a key phrase from an original provision of the law that prohibits the release of information that could be used to “locate or harass” a victim.How Cops Who Use Force and Even Kill Can Hide Their Names From the Public|by Kenny Jacoby, USA Today and Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica|October 29, 2020|ProPublica
Consumer advocates would like to see those provisions changed.Workers are getting fired and penalized for reporting COVID safety violations|lbelanger225|October 23, 2020|Fortune
Those provisions signal that its models predict that it will actually write off that dollar amount in loans in future quarters.How JPMorgan Chase is proceeding with extreme caution—and still making plenty of money|Shawn Tully|October 14, 2020|Fortune
He had also armed the cutter, and stored and provisioned her completely for a voyage round the world.The Cruise of the Frolic|W.H.G. Kingston
She sent me from her island on a raft, which she provisioned with abundance of bread and wine.The Odyssey|Homer
The cavern was now provisioned and watered for at least four days.The First Mate|Harry Collingwood
I tell you I've a perfect little paradise of a house engaged, furnished and provisioned for a twelvemonth.The Humors of Falconbridge|Jonathan F. Kelley
They were not provisioned, and the men urged the governor to make terms before he was compelled.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton