What does provision mean?

Definitions for provision
prəˈvɪʒ ənpro·vi·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. provision, proviso(noun)

    a stipulated condition

    "he accepted subject to one provision"

  2. provision, supply, supplying(noun)

    the activity of supplying or providing something

  3. planning, preparation, provision(noun)

    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. provision(verb)

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

  5. provision, purvey(verb)

    supply with provisions


  1. provision(Noun)

    An item of goods or supplies obtained for future use.

    Etymology: From provision.

  2. provision(Noun)

    Money set aside for a future event.

    Etymology: From provision.

  3. provision(Noun)

    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. provision(Noun)

    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. provision(Verb)

    To supply with provisions.

    Etymology: From provision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provision(noun)

    the act of providing, or making previous preparation

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

  2. Provision(noun)

    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. Provision(noun)

    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. Provision(noun)

    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. Provision(noun)

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

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

  6. Provision(noun)

    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. Provision(verb)

    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  

British National Corpus

  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. The British government:

    Richard Harrington will be responsible for co-ordinating and delivering work across Government to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK, along with co-ordinating the provision of Government support to Syrian refugees in the region.

  2. Allan Small:

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

  3. Stephen Timms:

    There is a bit of sense perhaps that we are now starting to see the consequences of the reduction in police funding, perhaps also funding for youth activities, many of which have gone as a result of austerity, youth provision is very, very thin now. There used to be quite a big program of activity with organizations providing clubs and youth activities -- that's now largely gone.

  4. Panfilo Lacson:

    I filed the bill on designated survivor because the constitution's provision is lacking.

  5. Andrew Bailey:

    It would not be the best outcome to adopt a special treatment for the oversight of outsourced service provision arrangements involving the UK and EU when there are already arrangements in place which can form the basis of an equivalence arrangement.

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