A couple taking a break to snack on the provisions they packed.
- An example of provision is food you take with you on a hike.
- An example of provision is when legal aid provides legal advice.
- a providing, preparing, or supplying of something
- something provided, prepared, or supplied for the future
- [pl.] a stock of food and other supplies assembled for future needs
- a preparatory arrangement or measure taken in advance for meeting some future need
- a clause, as in a legal document, agreement, etc., stipulating or requiring some specific thing; proviso; condition
- Eccles. appointment to an office; esp., advance appointment by the pope to a see or benefice that is not yet vacant
Origin of provisionMiddle English provysion from Middle French provision from Classical Latin provisio, a foreseeing from provisus, past participle of providere: see provide
- a. The act of providing or supplying something: the provision of health care; the provision of rations.b. The act of making preparations for a possible or future event or situation: The provision for retirement requires planning.
- a. Something provided: A fire escape is an important provision in a building.b. provisions Necessary supplies, such as food and clothing, as for a journey.
- A preparatory action or measure: We must make provisions for riding out the storm.
- A particular requirement in a law, rule, agreement, or document: the constitutional provision concerned with due process.
verbpro·vi·sioned, pro·vi·sion·ing, pro·vi·sions
Origin of provisionMiddle English from Old French forethought from Latin prōvīsiō prōvīsiōn- from prōvīsus past participle of prōvidēre to foresee, provide for ; see provide .
- An item of goods or supplies, especially food, obtained for future use.
- The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
- Money set aside for a future event.
- (accounting) A liability or contra account to recognise likely future adverse events associated with current transactions.
- We increased our provision for bad debts on credit sales going into the recession.
- (law) A clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
- An arrest shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
- (Roman Catholic) Regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
- (UK, historical) A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
(third-person singular simple present provisions, present participle provisioning, simple past and past participle provisioned)
- To supply with provisions.
provision - Computer Definition
To set up a telecommunications line or network for a customer. The term comes from the telephone industry, in which the telco was responsible for configuring their computers to switch customer lines into the appropriate networks. The term migrated to networking in general and refers to setting up user accounts, servers or other network-related equipment. Do It Yourself "User provisioning" or "automated provisioning" allows customers to set up their own services and make changes from a Web browser or other client interface without having to contact the telecom or network provider and wait hours, days or weeks for the final results (see cloud computing). A Very Old Term The term is centuries old. Before ships would sail from Europe to the New World, they had to be "provisioned" with food, rope, weapons and instruments. See also user management and provisioning.