What is the meaning of provide?


  • Give something useful or necessary to.
    • usage: "We provided the room with an electrical heater"
  • Give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance.
    • usage: "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
  • Determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation.
    • usage: "The will provides that each child should receive half of the money"; "The Constitution provides for the right to free speech"
  • Mount or put up.
    • usage: "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"
  • Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain.
    • usage: "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"
  • Supply means of subsistence; earn a living.
    • usage: "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"
  • Take measures in preparation for.
    • usage: "provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship"
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APAWordNet. (2010). provide. Retrieved October 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/provide/definitions/1304260
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "provide" http://smartdefine.org/provide/definitions/1304260 (accessed October 20, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, provide, Smart Define, viewed 20 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/provide/definitions/1304260>.
MLAWordNet. "provide" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/provide/definitions/1304260>
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