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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.

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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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. Tim Stratford:

    The deal doesn't need to revamp China's economy. But it does need to provide a new methodology for dealing with our differences.

  2. Nancy Mace:

    It's really past time that the federal government just get out of the way, provide a tax, tax it and regulate it, and let states legally do what they've already been doing for almost two and a half decades.

  3. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We held a consultation about the series of offensive and defensive measures that we will implement to act against the grave phenomenon of shootings. They certainly challenge us, but we will provide an answer.

  4. Mohammed Dewji:

    It's amazing because you provide a lot of employment, I think plus or minus, our sisal farms are providing thousands of jobs, and we create housing for them, we give them health benefits, we give education support to them, so it's amazing, it's good business.

  5. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic.

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    • A. integrity
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