Definitions for: Provide


[v] determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), esp. by including a proviso condition; "The will provides that each child should receive half of the money"
[v] provide what is desired or needed, esp. support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
[v] provide or furnish with; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"; "render assistence"
[v] mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*vide", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Provided; p. pr. &
vb. n. Providing.] [L. providere, provisum; pro before +
videre to see. See Vision, and cf. Prudent, Purvey.]
1. To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get,
collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare.
``Provide us all things necessary.'' --Shak.

2. To supply; to afford; to contribute.

Bring me berries, or such cooling fruit As the kind,
hospitable woods provide. --Milton.

3. To furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by
with. ``And yet provided him of but one.'' --Jer. Taylor.
``Rome . . . was well provided with corn.'' --Arbuthnot.

4. To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as,
the contract provides that the work be well done.

5. To foresee.

Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

6. To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is
vacant. See Provisor. --Prescott.


Pro*vide", v. i.
1. 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.

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to
provide for human wants. --Burke.

2. To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement
provides for an early completion of the work.

Synonyms: cater, furnish, offer, ply, put up, render, supply, supply

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