noun pro·vi·sion \prə-ˈvi-zhən\

: the act or process of supplying or providing something

: something that is done in advance to prepare for something else

provisions : a supply of food and other things that are needed

Full Definition of PROVISION

a :  the act or process of providing(see provide)
b :  the fact or state of being prepared beforehand
c :  a measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency :  preparation <made provision for replacements>
:  a stock of needed materials or supplies; especially :  a stock of food —usually used in plural

Examples of PROVISION

  1. Provisions should be made for regular inspections.
  2. He made provisions to donate part of his fortune to charity after he died.
  3. You should make provision for emergencies.
  4. I carried my provisions in one large backpack.
  5. We brought enough provisions to last the entire trip.
  6. The President, of all people, should know how difficult it is to take care of basic things like, say, prescription drugs for the elderly or shelter from the storm—especially if your government places a low priority on the efficient provision of public services and a high priority on the care and feeding of cronies … —Joe Klein, Time, 6 Feb. 2006


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin provision-, provisio act of providing, from Latin, foresight, from providēre to see ahead — more at provide
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


verb pro·vi·sion \prə-ˈvi-zhən\

: to supply (someone or something) with provisions and especially with food

pro·vi·sionedpro·vi·sion·ing \-ˈvi-zhə-niŋ, -ˈvizh-niŋ\

Full Definition of PROVISION

transitive verb
:  to supply with needed materials (as food) :  to supply with provisions

Examples of PROVISION

  1. They stopped to provision the ship.
  2. <the climbers were sufficiently provisioned to withstand just about any mountaineering emergency>
  3. Few modern eaters consume such a wide range of plants, fruits, and animals, even when provisioned by a vast international or multi-ethnic marketplace. —Donna R. Gabaccia, We Are What We Eat, 1998


(see 1provision)
First Known Use: 1809


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