What does provide mean?

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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"


  1. provideverb

    To make a living; earn money for necessities.

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

  2. provideverb

    To act to prepare for something.

  3. provideverb

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

  4. provideverb

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

  5. provideverb

    To furnish with, cause to be present.

  6. provideverb

    To make possible or attainable.

    He provides us with an alternative option.

  7. Etymology: From provideo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PROVIDEverb

    Etymology: provideo, Lat.

    God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt-offering. Gen.

    Provide out of all, able men that fear God. Ex. xviii. 21.

    He happier seat provides for us. John Milton.

    Part incentive reed
    Provide, pernicious with one touch to fire. John Milton.

    To make experiments of gold, be provided of a conservatory of snow, a good large vault under ground, and a deep well. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The king forthwith provides him of a guard,
    A thousand archers daily to attend. Daniel.

    If I have really drawn a portrait to the knees, let some better artist provide himself of a deeper canvas, and taking these hints, set the figure on its legs, and finish it. Dryden.

    He went,
    With large expence and with a pompous train
    Provided, as to visit France or Spain. Dryden.

    An earth well provided of all requisite things for an habitable world. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Rome, by the care of the magistrates, was well provided with corn. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    When the monasteries were granted away, the parishes were left destitute, or very meanly provided of any maintenance for a pastor. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    They were of good birth, and such who, although inheriting good estates, yet happened to be well educated, and provided with learning. Jonathan Swift.

    Sagacity of brutes in defending themselves, providing against the inclemency of the weather, and care for their young. Matthew Hale.

    Some men, instructed by the lab’ring ant,
    Provide against th’ extremities of want. Dryden.

    Fraudulent practices were provided against by laws. Arbuth.

    States, which will continue, are above all things to uphold the reverend regard of religion, and to provide for the same by all means. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 2.

    He hath intent, his wonted followers
    Shall all be very well provided for. William Shakespeare.

    A provident man provides for the future. Walter Raleigh.

    My arbitrary bounty’s undeny’d;
    I give reversions, and for heirs provide. Samuel Garth.

    He will have many dependents, whose wants he cannot provide for. Addison.


  1. provide

    To provide means to give, furnish, or supply something to someone. It involves offering or making available resources, goods, information, or support in order to fulfill a need or a request.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provideverb

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

  2. Provideverb

    to supply; to afford; to contribute

  3. Provideverb

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

  4. Provideverb

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

  5. Provideverb

    to foresee

  6. Provideverb

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

  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

  8. Provideverb

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

  9. 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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  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. Naguib Sawiris:

    Of course it depends on the amount of investment we can collect the plan calls for $15 billion a year in investments, and I believe it's doable, to give a ballpark figure, my family will provide this year, or at this conference, 20 percent of that figure, in the energy sector.

  2. Rob Atkinson:

    The Warren campaigns call to breakup big tech companies reflects a big is bad, small is beautiful ideology run amok, the proposal ignores the fact that many of the services big tech companies now provide free used to cost consumers money. Breaking up large Internet companies just because they are large wont help consumers. It will hurt them by reducing convenience, reducing quality of service and innovation, and in some cases leading to the introduction of priced services.

  3. Don Barrington:

    Oklahoma businesses want state leaders to be responsive to their safety concerns, and this is one way we can provide protection.

  4. Emin Gun Sirer:

    The one thing that blockchain businesses can do that no other fiat business can is to provide public evidence of financial transactions, its astounding that this exchange has not been able to produce a list of addresses under their control.

  5. Development Nick Pickles:

    The key thing we heard was they wanted Twitter to provide them with more context on misleading infromation and remove harmful information.

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