- an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
- appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.
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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How to use provision in a sentence
That provision of the Dodd-Frank Act has created headaches for companies that import gold.Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China|Reed Albergotti|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The stalled-out HEROES Act contains provisions for grants for small businesses, but no one knows how they will work, or when the bill might be passed.Restaurants and the People Who Work in Them Need a Bailout. Let’s Finally Give Them One.|Meghan McCarron|November 19, 2020|Eater
An outcry followed, and multiple members said they had not been aware of the implications of the provision, which had long been sought by lobbyists for Intuit.
The provision was specifically aimed at the southern border and those coming through Mexico.
In Pennsylvania, everybody’s houses are set at a distance, but everyone barters home provisions, ranging from venison pastrami to crooked cucumbers to gargantuan zucchini.
Already the work of provisioning and fitting the vessel was in progress.Boy Scouts in the North Sea|G. Harvey Ralphson
The daily provisioning of such a large party called for a goodly quantity of meat, more than was always obtainable by the chase.The Vee-Boers|Mayne Reid
Their minds, as it would seem, were occupied for the most part with the mistake they had made in provisioning the boat.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew|John Monro Gibson
He wasn't absolutely heartless, and he gave careful directions for provisioning the transports for their long journey.Amy in Acadia|Helen Leah Reed
While you are writing, I will ascertain how the provisioning of the ships goes on, and will give you as much time as possible.The Hour and the Man|Harriet Martineau