What does Provision mean?

Definitions for Provisionprəˈvɪʒ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. provision, proviso(noun)

    a stipulated condition

    "he accepted subject to one provision"

  2. provision, supply, supplying(noun)

    the activity of supplying or providing something

  3. planning, preparation, provision(noun)

    the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

    "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"

  4. provision(verb)

    a store or supply of something (especially of food or clothing or arms)

  5. provision, purvey(verb)

    supply with provisions


  1. provision(Noun)

    An item of goods or supplies obtained for future use.

  2. provision(Noun)

    Money set aside for a future event.

  3. provision(Noun)

    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.

  4. provision(Noun)

    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.

  5. provision(Verb)

    To supply with provisions.

  6. Origin: From provision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provision(noun)

    the act of providing, or making previous preparation

  2. Provision(noun)

    that which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation

  3. Provision(noun)

    especially, a stock of food; any kind of eatables collected or stored; -- often in the plural

  4. Provision(noun)

    that which is stipulated in advance; a condition; a previous agreement; a proviso; as, the provisions of a contract; the statute has many provisions

  5. Provision(noun)

    a canonical term for regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation

  6. Provision(noun)

    a nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation

  7. Provision(verb)

    to supply with food; to victual; as, to provision a garrison

  8. Origin: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]


  1. Provision

    Provision is the third album by the British new wave pop group Scritti Politti, release in June 1988. The album was the band's second top ten hit in the UK, reaching #8, and was certified Gold by the BPI for 100,000 copies shipped. The track "Oh Patti" features Miles Davis on trumpet, whose 1986 album Tutu included a cover of Scritti Politti's "Perfect Way" from Cupid & Psyche 85. The track "Boom! There She Was" features Roger Troutman on talk-box vocals. The track "Best Thing Ever" was previously released on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Who's That Girl.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provision

    prō-vizh′un, n. act of providing: that which is provided or prepared: measures taken beforehand: a clause in a law or a deed: a rule for guidance: an appointment by the pope to a benefice not yet vacant: preparation: previous agreement: a store of food: provender.—v.t. to supply with provisions or food.—adjs. Provi′sional, Provi′sionary, provided for the occasion: temporary: containing a provision.—n. Provi′sional-judg′ment, a judgment given as far as the available evidence admits, but subject to correction under more light.—adv. Provi′sionally.—ns. Provi′sional-or′der, an order to do something granted by a secretary of state, which, when confirmed by the legislature, has the force of an act of parliament; Provi′sional-rem′edy, a means of detaining in safety a person or property until a decision upon some point in which they are concerned be come to; Provi′sion-mer′chant, a general dealer in articles of food. [Fr.,—L.,—provisus, pa.p. of providēre.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Provision' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1177

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Provision' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1309

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Provision' in Nouns Frequency: #335


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Provision in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Provision in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aristotle:

    Education is the best provision for old age.

  2. Aristotle:

    Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

  3. Bias:

    Make wisdom your provision for the journey from youth to old age, for it is a more certain support than all other possessions.

  4. Pope Francis:

    It is essential that all citizens - Muslim, Jewish and Christian - both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties.

  5. Julia Reinhardt:

    There is a provision in German law that allows for crimes that affect Germans abroad -– whether perpetrator or victim -– to be also covered in trial in Germany.

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