Definition of


  1. (verb, possession) give something useful or necessary to
  2. (verb, consumption) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  3. (verb, communication) determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
    The Constitution provides for the right to free speech
  4. (verb, social) mount or put up
    offer resistance
  5. (verb, stative) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    The evidence allows only one conclusion
    allow for mistakes
    leave lots of time for the trip
    This procedure provides for lots of leeway
  6. (verb, possession) supply means of subsistence; earn a living
    Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon
  7. (verb, change) take measures in preparation for

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Alternate forms of Provide

Derivations: provident, provider, provision

Hyponyms: accommodate, afford, air-condition, air-cool, alphabetize, arm, articulate, bed, berth, bewhisker, board, border, bottom, brattice, bush, buy in, calk, canal, canalise, canalize, capitalise, capitalize, caption, cater, causeway, charge, cleat, cloy, coal, computerise, computerize, constitutionalize, copper-bottom, corbel, cornice, costume, crenel, crenelate, crenellate, curtain, dado, date, dish, dish out, dish up, drench, edge, equip, extend, feed, fill, fire, fit, fit out, fix up, flood, fret, fuel, fulfil, fulfill, fund, furnish, gate, give, glass, glaze, glut, grate, gratify, gutter, hat, headline, headquarter, heat, help, hobnail, horse, hydrate, index, indulge, innervate, interleave, joint, kern, key, leverage, machicolate, match, meet, nourish, nurture, offer, outfit, oversupply, pander, partner, patch, pimp, pour, power, procure, provision, pump, purvey, rafter, rail, railroad, ramp, reflectorise, reflectorize, regale, retrofit, rim, sanitate, satisfy, scant, seat, serve, serve up, shelter, shower, signalise, signalize, skimp, slat, staff, step, stint, stock, stock up, subtitle, surfeit, sustain, tap, terrace, terrasse, theme, ticket, toggle, tool, top, top out, transistorise, transistorize, treat, tube, underlay, uniform, upholster, victual, water, wharf, whisker, wive, yield

Hypernyms: afford, condition, engage, fix, gear up, give, prepare, qualify, ready, set, set up, specify, stipulate, support, wage, yield

Origin of the word Provide

  1. 1407, from L. providere "look ahead, prepare, supply," from pro- "ahead" + videre "to see" (see vision). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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