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Provide meaning

provide - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. take measures in preparation for; " provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship"
  2. 2. determine ( what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation; " The will provides that each child should receive half of the money"; " The Constitution provides for the right to free speech"
  3. 3. provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; " The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
  4. 4. supply means of subsistence; earn a living; " He provides for his large family by working three jobs"; " Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon"
  5. 5. To foresee.
  6. 6. To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare.
  7. 7. To supply; to afford; to contribute.
  8. 8. To furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by with.
  9. 9. To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done.
  10. 10. To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor.
  11. 11. To procure supplies or means in advance; to take measures beforehand in view of an expected or a possible future need, especially a danger or an evil; -- followed by against or for; as, to provide against the inclemency of the weather; to provide for the education of a child.
  12. 12. To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.
  13. 13. To prepare beforehand; supply.
  14. 14. To take measures beforehand.

provide - examples of usage

  1. However, he was very nice over the matter; he made the old woman light a fire and provide me with hot milk and bread. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. You and I are going to have the best treat this evening that London can provide. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. I can keep my wife and myself; and my two daughters knit to provide themselves with what they want. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
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