Simple Definition of provide
: to make (something) available : to supply (something that is wanted or needed)
: to give something wanted or needed to (someone or something) : to supply (someone or something) with something
: to say that something will or should happen : to make it certain or possible that something will happen or be done
Full Definition of provide
1 : to take precautionary measures <provide for the common defense — United States Constitution>
2 : to make a proviso or stipulation <the Constitution…provides for an elected two-chamber legislature — Current Biography>
3 : to make preparation to meet a need <provide for entertainment>; especially : to supply something for sustenance or support <provides for the poor>
1 archaic : to prepare in advance
2 a : to supply or make available (something wanted or needed) <provided new uniforms for the band>; also : afford <curtains provide privacy> b : to make something available to <provide the children with free balloons>
3 : to have as a condition : stipulate <the contract provides that certain deadlines will be met>
Examples of provide in a sentence
The Web site provides information about local activities.
The curtains on the windows provide privacy.
The school provided new uniforms for the band.
The goal is to provide health care to as many people as possible.
Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the meeting.
The Web site provides users with information about local activities.
The school provided the band with new uniforms.
The store provides its customers with excellent service.
Workers were provided with gloves for protection.
The contract provides that certain deadlines will be met.
Rhymes with provide
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PROVIDE Defined for Kids
Definition of provide for Students
1 : to give something that is needed <Volunteers provide meals for the poor.>
2 : to supply something : supply (someone) with something <The room provides a view of the city.> <I can't provide you with the answer.>
3 : to make as a condition <The rules provide that all players must practice.>
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