What does provide mean?

Definitions for provide
prəˈvaɪdpro·vide

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word provide.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. supply, provide, render, furnishverb

    give something useful or necessary to

    "We provided the room with an electrical heater"

  2. provide, supply, ply, caterverb

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

    "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

  3. provideverb

    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, offerverb

    mount or put up

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

  5. leave, allow for, allow, provideverb

    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 baconverb

    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. provideverb

    take measures in preparation for

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

Wiktionary

  1. provideverb

    To make a living; earn money for necessities.

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

    Etymology: From provideo.

  2. provideverb

    To act to prepare for something.

    Etymology: From provideo.

  3. provideverb

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

    Etymology: From provideo.

  4. provideverb

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

    Etymology: From provideo.

  5. provideverb

    To furnish with, cause to be present.

    Etymology: From provideo.

  6. provideverb

    To make possible or attainable.

    He provides us with an alternative option.

    Etymology: From provideo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provideverb

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

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

  2. Provideverb

    to supply; to afford; to contribute

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

  3. Provideverb

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

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

  4. Provideverb

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

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

  5. Provideverb

    to foresee

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

  6. Provideverb

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

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

  7. Provideverb

    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

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

  8. Provideverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. provide

    To create or give accurately.

    They did provide the hotel with the deposit to secure their wedding.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  

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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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Numerology

  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. Quinn Kiley:

    The proposed transaction( with Energy Transfer) is going to provide them with some synergies and provide them with some cost reductions, whether or not they can deliver the same value over the near term like this offer does is up for debate.

  2. Peter Hotez:

    The results, such as they are presented, provide interesting data that are reassuring ... This needs to be replicated and it needs to be peer-reviewed.

  3. Millan Mulraine:

    The upshift in growth momentum should be sustained during the second half of the year, this will provide the necessary cover for the Fed to raise rates later this year, though the pace of tightening will be 'gradual.'.

  4. Dominic Certo:

    Anyone who has served our country and risked their lives or provided service for the citizens of this country as a veteran deserves amnesty -- especially when there are so many who have done nothing to earn citizenship or provide a military service to our country.

  5. Harley Rouda:

    When I talk about' Medicare for all,' I can provide the economic rationale and logic, the foundation as to why it makes good business sense.

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