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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to supply with provisions.
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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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Related Words for provisioning

furnishings, material, machinery, apparatus, furniture, protect, run, continue, support, manage, maintain, sustain, conduct, operate, give, contribute, administer, bring, equip, prepare

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

    Emile Zola

  • 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

    Ernest Weekley

  • Now came the important work of provisioning their ark of safety.

    Adrift in a Boat

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • We were, however, detained for several days refitting and provisioning the ship.

    Peter Trawl

    W. H. G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for provisioning

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

Word Origin for provision

C14: from Latin prōvīsiō a providing; see provide
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Word Origin and History for provisioning

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.

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provision

v.

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

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