- 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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Example sentences from the Web for provision
These are often used in monasteries, also in the provisioning of castles against a siege.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
We talked on over the details of the provisioning and the defending of the Chemistry Building until the telephone died.The Scarlet Plague|Jack London
There will, therefore, be easily found within the country the means of provisioning a large number of workmen.
Here the vice-admiral spent many weeks, cleaning, provisioning, and coaling his ships and drilling his crews.The North Pacific|Willis Boyd Allen
He was too proud to write to the commodore by one of the provisioning ships, and ask for relief.Woven with the Ship|Cyrus Townsend Brady