- an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
- appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.
verb (used with object)
Origin of provision
Synonyms for provision
Examples from the Web for provisioning
Historical Examples of provisioning
It should be observed that the work does not merely treat of the provisioning of a great city.The Fat and the Thin
The difficulties in the way of provisioning the army were great.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
The provisioning of the great house was the work of the Lardner, Fr.The Romance of Names
Now came the important work of provisioning their ark of safety.Adrift in a Boat
We were, however, detained for several days refitting and provisioning the ship.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
Word Origin for provision
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.
"to supply with provisions," 1787, from provision (n.). Related: Provisioned; provisioning.