verb (used with object)

to supply with provisions.

Nearby words

  1. provincialist,
  2. provinciality,
  3. provincialize,
  4. proving ground,
  5. provirus,
  6. provisional,
  7. provisional wing of the irish republican army,
  8. provisioner,
  9. provisions,
  10. proviso

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

SYNONYMS FOR provision
1. condition. 2. catering, purveying. 6. store, provender, stock. See food.

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Examples from the Web for provisions

British Dictionary definitions for provisions



the act of supplying or providing food, etc
something that is supplied or provided
preparations made beforehand (esp in the phrase make provision for)
(plural) food and other necessities, esp for an expedition
(plural) food obtained for a household
a demand, condition, or stipulation formally incorporated in a document; proviso
the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices


(tr) to supply with provisions
Derived Formsprovisioner, noun

Word Origin for provision

C14: from Latin prōvīsiō a providing; see provide

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Word Origin and History for provisions
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