What does provide mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. supply, provide, render, furnish(verb)

    give something useful or necessary to

    "We provided the room with an electrical heater"

  2. provide, supply, ply, cater(verb)

    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

    "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

  3. provide(verb)

    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"

  4. put up, provide, offer(verb)

    mount or put up

    "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"

  5. leave, allow for, allow, provide(verb)

    make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

    "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"

  6. provide, bring home the bacon(verb)

    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"

  7. provide(verb)

    take measures in preparation for

    "provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship"


  1. provide(Verb)

    To make a living; earn money for necessities.

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

  2. provide(Verb)

    To act to prepare for something.

  3. provide(Verb)

    To determine the form of some situations, by means of a stipulation or condition.

  4. provide(Verb)

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

  5. provide(Verb)

    To furnish with, cause to be present.

  6. provide(Verb)

    To make possible or attainable.

    He provides us with an alternative option.

  7. Origin: From provideo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provide(verb)

    to look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare

  2. Provide(verb)

    to supply; to afford; to contribute

  3. Provide(verb)

    to furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by with

  4. Provide(verb)

    to establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done

  5. Provide(verb)

    to foresee

  6. Provide(verb)

    to appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor

  7. Provide(verb)

    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

  8. Provide(verb)

    to stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work

  9. Origin: [L. providere, provisum; pro before + videre to see. See Vision, and cf. Prudent, Purvey.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provide

    prō-vīd′, v.t. to make ready beforehand: to prepare for future use: to supply: to appoint or give a right to a benefice before it is actually vacant.—v.i. to procure supplies or means of defence: to take measures: to arrange for as a necessary condition or arrangement.—adj. Provī′dable.—conj. Provī′ded, (often with that) on condition: upon these terms: with the understanding.—n. Provī′der. [L. providērepro, before, vidēre, to see.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provide' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #397

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provide' in Written Corpus Frequency: #906

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provide' in Verbs Frequency: #39

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of provide in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of provide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of provide in a Sentence

  1. Raja Zaatry:

    They provide cheap labor.

  2. Prosecutor Juan Martinez:

    It doesn't provide an excuse.

  3. Jamie Johnson:

    They provide a voice in the pulpit.

  4. Vicki Granado:

    That is not something we plan to provide.

  5. Steve Warren:

    They're there to provide force protection.

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