provision

noun
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \

Definition of provision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act or process of providing
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
2 : a stock of needed materials or supplies especially : a stock of food usually used in plural

provision

verb
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \
provisioned; provisioning\ prə-​ˈvi-​zhə-​niŋ How to pronounce provisioning (audio) , -​ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of provision (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to supply with needed materials (such as food) : to supply with provisions

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Examples of provision in a Sentence

Noun 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 Nothing was overlooked. There was a fallback position, a fail-safe provision, for any contingency. — Gary Wills, New York Times Book Review, 1 Apr. 2001 They wheedled the American Congress into awarding entry terms more favorable than those enjoyed by any other state, including two unique provisions: Texas and not the federal government would own all public lands, and the state would retain forever the right to divide into five smaller states if that proved attractive, each one to have two senators and a proportionate number of representatives. — James A. Michener, Texas, 1985 Provisions should be made for regular inspections. He made provisions to donate part of his fortune to charity after he died. You should make provision for emergencies. I carried my provisions in one large backpack. We brought enough provisions to last the entire trip. Verb 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 But biographies, like translations, are rarely provisioned to last forever, for they reflect the world of their authors as much as their subjects. — Morris Dickstein, New York Times Book Review, 1 Feb. 1998 As the cubs began to feed more regularly on meat, she provisioned them with hares, hyraxes, an Egyptian mongoose, and guinea fowl. — John A. Cavallo, Natural History, February 1990 They stopped to provision the ship. the climbers were sufficiently provisioned to withstand just about any mountaineering emergency
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the proposals includes a victim notification provision. oregonlive, "Death penalty bill’s lead backer presses ahead with efforts to ‘fix’ it in possible special session," 16 Sep. 2019 Reauthorizations of the Act have included provisions to support particularly vulnerable groups, including Native Americans, the LGBT community and immigrant women. Tara Law, Time, "The Violence Against Women Act Was Signed 25 Years Ago. Here's How the Law Changed American Culture," 14 Sep. 2019 The bill also includes a provision to help retrain dislocated workers. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona coal communities could get federal aid for closure of Navajo mine, power plant," 12 Sep. 2019 The outcome of that debate was the famous Missouri Compromise, which included a provision that waved away this problem with meaningless verbiage. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 Settlement talks, which included a provision that the Sacklers contribute at least $3 billion of their own money, recently reached an impasse and Purdue is considering filing for bankruptcy, the Associated Press reported Saturday. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," 9 Sep. 2019 The House passed a July spending bill including a provision directing the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency to hold a $5 million prize competition for research into automatically deleting deepfakes. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Facebook, Microsoft team up with academics in race to thwart deepfakes," 6 Sep. 2019 Macau has a more generous welfare system than Hong Kong, including better provision of social housing. The Economist, "Why Macau is impervious to the turmoil in Hong Kong," 22 Aug. 2019 The bill introduced in the Senate Tuesday does not include a provision to pay for the plan’s estimated $1.25 trillion cost. Gregory Korte, Fortune, "2020 Election Update: Warren’s Student Loan Relief Plan; Biden’s Crime Plan," 23 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This claim was quickly undone, however, as modern technology made the Pole accessible by airplane, submarine and well-provisioned expedition. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019 Southwest says the ramp agent had been operating a provisioning truck, which is used to supply material for flights, including food and drink. Washington Post, "Truck hits parked plane at Pittsburgh Airport, worker hurt," 17 June 2019 Daimler initially provisioned less than €1 billion to address the problem, but on Friday set aside an extra €1.6 billion. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Mercedes’ New Boss Takes a Costly Trip to the Repair Shop," 12 July 2019 From its incident response work, Twitch also collected 35 different IP addresses used to operate the Twitch accounts performing the attack, provisioned to seven different providers. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Twitch is closing in on its Christchurch trolls," 29 June 2019 Souleye’s method of provisioning changes by the day, by the hour. Nicole Cliffe, SELF, "Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo," 26 June 2019 Thus provisioned, Hyundai’s mini-ute outdistances the Bolt (238 miles), the Jaguar I-Pace (234) and even comes within a whisker of Tesla’s base Model 3 (260). Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: Good EVs Are No Longer Shocking," 1 Nov. 2018 Then came the letters carried out by the teams of divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys' refuge as experts pondered whether to dive them out or provision them for months while the monsoon season continues until at least late October. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 Then came the letters carried out by the teams of divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys’ refuge as experts pondered whether to dive them out or provision them for months while the monsoon season continues until at least late October. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Four boys have been rescued from Thai cave," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of provision

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for provision

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of provision was in the 14th century

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provision

noun
How to pronounce provision (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of provision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of supplying or providing something
: something that is done in advance to prepare for something else
: a supply of food and other things that are needed

provision

verb
How to pronounce provision (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of provision (Entry 2 of 2)

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

provision

noun
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \

Kids Definition of provision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stock or store of supplies and especially of food usually used in pl.We have provisions to last us a week.
2 : the act of supplying the provision of food
3 : condition entry 1 sense 2 the provisions of a contract
4 : something done beforehand Make provision for emergencies.

provision

verb
provisioned; provisioning

Kids Definition of provision (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply with things that are needed

provision

noun
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \

Legal Definition of provision

: a stipulation (as a clause in a statute or contract) made beforehand

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