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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pro•vide /prəˈvaɪd/USA pronunciation
v., -vid•ed, -vid•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pro•vid•er, n. [countable]See -vide-.
- to make available;
furnish: [~ + object + for + object]to provide benefits for employees.[~ + object (+ with) + object]to provide employees (with) benefits.
- to supply or equip: [~ + object + with + object]to provide the army with tanks.[~ + object + for + object]to provide tanks for the army.
- to supply means of support[~ + for + object]They worked hard to provide for their children.
- to yield[~ + object]This tree provides shelter.
- Law to stipulate, as by a provision[~ + that clause]The contract provides that the writer will receive an additional payment if his book is made into a movie.
- to take measures in preparation for something[no object]You must provide for winter in this harsh climate.
(prə vīd′), v., -vid•ed, -vid•ing.
- to make available;
furnish:to provide employees with various benefits.
- to supply or equip:to provide the army with new fighter planes.
- to afford or yield.
- Law[Law.]to arrange for or stipulate beforehand, as by a provision or proviso.
- [Archaic.]to prepare or procure beforehand.
- to take measures with due foresight (usually fol. by for or against).
- to make arrangements for supplying means of support, money, etc. (usually fol. by for):He provided for his children in his will.
- to supply means of support (often fol. by for):to provide for oneself.
1 . give, render. 3 . produce.
- Latin prōvidēre to foresee, look after, provide for, equivalent. to prō- pro-1 + vidēre to see
- late Middle English providen 1375–1425
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
provide /prəˈvaɪd/ vb (mainly tr)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin prōvidēre to provide for, from prō- beforehand + vidēre to seeproˈvider n
- to put at the disposal of; furnish or supply
- to afford; yield: this meeting provides an opportunity to talk
- (intr; often followed by for or against) to take careful precautions (over): he provided against financial ruin by wise investment
- (intransitive) followed by for: to supply means of support (to), esp financially: he provides for his family
- to confer and induct into ecclesiastical offices
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