Provide meaning

prə-vīd'
Provide is defined as to supply or make available.

An example of provide is to give a needy family enough food for a week.

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To supply means of subsistence.

She provides for her family by working in a hospital.

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To set down as a stipulation or requirement.

An agreement that provides deadlines for completion of the work.

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To make ready ahead of time; prepare.
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To take measures in preparation.

Provided for the common defense of the states in time of war.

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To have as an available or desirable feature; afford.

A room that provides ample sunlight through French windows.

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To make a stipulation or requirement.

The Constitution provides for a bicameral legislature.

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To get ready beforehand.
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To make available; supply.
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To supply (someone) with something.
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To state as a condition; stipulate.
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To prepare (for or against some probable or possible situation, occurrence, etc.)
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To make a condition; stipulate.
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To furnish the means of support.
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To make a living; earn money for necessities.

It is difficult to provide for my family working on minimum wage.

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To act to prepare for something.
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To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate.

The contract provides that the work be well done.

I'll lend you the money, provided that you pay it back by Monday.

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To give what is needed or desired, especially basic needs.

Don't bother bringing equipment, as we will provide it.

We aim to provide the local community with more green spaces.

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To furnish (with), cause to be present.
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To make possible or attainable.

He provides us with an alternative option.

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To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See provisor.

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Origin of provide

  • Middle English providen from Latin prōvidēre to provide for prō- forward pro–1 vidēre to see weid- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from Latin prōvideō ("I foresee, I act with foresight").
    From Wiktionary