What does provision mean?

Definitions for provision
prəˈvɪʒ ənpro·vi·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. provision, provisonoun

    a stipulated condition

    "he accepted subject to one provision"

  2. provision, supply, supplyingnoun

    the activity of supplying or providing something

  3. planning, preparation, provisionnoun

    the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

    "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"

  4. provisionverb

    a store or supply of something (especially of food or clothing or arms)

  5. provision, purveyverb

    supply with provisions


  1. provisionnoun

    An item of goods or supplies obtained for future use.

    Etymology: From provision.

  2. provisionnoun

    Money set aside for a future event.

    Etymology: From provision.

  3. provisionnoun

    A liability or contra account to recognise likely future adverse events associated with current transactions.

    We increased our provision for bad debts on credit sales going into the recession.

    Etymology: From provision.

  4. provisionnoun

    A clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.

    An arrest shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

    Etymology: From provision.

  5. provisionverb

    To supply with provisions.

    Etymology: From provision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provisionnoun

    the act of providing, or making previous preparation

    Etymology: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]

  2. Provisionnoun

    that which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation

    Etymology: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]

  3. Provisionnoun

    especially, a stock of food; any kind of eatables collected or stored; -- often in the plural

    Etymology: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]

  4. Provisionnoun

    that which is stipulated in advance; a condition; a previous agreement; a proviso; as, the provisions of a contract; the statute has many provisions

    Etymology: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]

  5. Provisionnoun

    a canonical term for regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation

    Etymology: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]

  6. Provisionnoun

    a nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation

    Etymology: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]

  7. Provisionverb

    to supply with food; to victual; as, to provision a garrison

    Etymology: [L. provisio: cf. F. provision. See Provide.]


  1. Provision

    Provision is the third album by the British new wave pop group Scritti Politti, release in June 1988. The album was the band's second top ten hit in the UK, reaching #8, and was certified Gold by the BPI for 100,000 copies shipped. The track "Oh Patti" features Miles Davis on trumpet, whose 1986 album Tutu included a cover of Scritti Politti's "Perfect Way" from Cupid & Psyche 85. The track "Boom! There She Was" features Roger Troutman on talk-box vocals. The track "Best Thing Ever" was previously released on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Who's That Girl.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provision

    prō-vizh′un, n. act of providing: that which is provided or prepared: measures taken beforehand: a clause in a law or a deed: a rule for guidance: an appointment by the pope to a benefice not yet vacant: preparation: previous agreement: a store of food: provender.—v.t. to supply with provisions or food.—adjs. Provi′sional, Provi′sionary, provided for the occasion: temporary: containing a provision.—n. Provi′sional-judg′ment, a judgment given as far as the available evidence admits, but subject to correction under more light.—adv. Provi′sionally.—ns. Provi′sional-or′der, an order to do something granted by a secretary of state, which, when confirmed by the legislature, has the force of an act of parliament; Provi′sional-rem′edy, a means of detaining in safety a person or property until a decision upon some point in which they are concerned be come to; Provi′sion-mer′chant, a general dealer in articles of food. [Fr.,—L.,—provisus, pa.p. of providēre.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. provision

    Properly to victual; to furnish with provisions.

Editors Contribution

  1. provision

    The act or process of to provide.

    Provision of love is a basic human right.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provision' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1177

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provision' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1309

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provision' in Nouns Frequency: #335

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of provision in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of provision in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of provision in a Sentence

  1. Cicero:

    Can anything be more absurd than that the nearer we are to our journeys end, we should lay in the more provision for it?

  2. Elizabeth Warren:

    The name may sound a little wonky, but this is a powerful provision that would fundamentally tilt the playing field further in favor of multinational corporations, worse yet, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.

  3. Noel Francisco:

    The consular officer, him or herself, turns to the waiver provision and applies the criteria of the waiver provision.

  4. Meredith McGehee:

    What you're now doing, if this provision goes into effect, is putting candidates out there soliciting for contributions of $1 million plus and that's the nexus for these contributors; they want the credit, they are businessmen. This is a return on investment.

  5. Allan Small:

    Yes, their loan loss provision are higher, but you've got to expect that.

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