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, 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"

Wiktionary

  1. provide(Verb)

    To make a living; earn money for necessities.

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

    Etymology: From provideo.

  2. provide(Verb)

    To act to prepare for something.

    Etymology: From provideo.

  3. provide(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From provideo.

  4. provide(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From provideo.

  5. provide(Verb)

    To furnish with, cause to be present.

    Etymology: From provideo.

  6. provide(Verb)

    To make possible or attainable.

    He provides us with an alternative option.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Provide(verb)

    to supply; to afford; to contribute

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

  3. Provide(verb)

    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. Provide(verb)

    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. Provide(verb)

    to foresee

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

  6. Provide(verb)

    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. 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

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

  8. Provide(verb)

    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  

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

How to pronounce provide?

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How to say provide in sign language?

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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. Michael Seibel:

    I've known Steve and Alexis Ohanian since 2007 and have been a Reddit user ever since, i'm excited to help provide advice and guidance as Reddit continues to grow and tackle the challenges of bringing community and belonging to a broader audience.

  2. Scott Kostyra:

    This middleware is essentially at the core of the loan market ecosystem that will provide seamless integration among systems and straight-through-processing of loan servicing and settlement data, this efficiency gain is, in itself, important, but will also contribute to bringing down loan trade settlement times.

  3. Mary Jo Kreitzer:

    To get people to change what they eat, we need to provide them with more access to healthy foods and information on how to cook and prepare healthy foods.

  4. John Goslino:

    We are trying to provide the products that are needed by the patient and the health worker who is working in the village when that person needs it.

  5. Joe Rosenblum:

    There was always a sense that this thing (PREPA) was going to get done. Maybe a bit slower than I would have expected... The question becomes, does that provide a model to the rest of the debt? I don't necessarily think so, some people might seize on it as Puerto Rico can sit down and negotiate with bondholders. I think the rest of the bondholders for the rest of the debt presents a much more complex problem.

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