provide

verb
pro·​vide | \ prə-ˈvīd How to pronounce provide (audio) \
provided; providing

Definition of provide

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to have as a condition : stipulate the contract provides that certain deadlines will be met
3 archaic : to prepare in advance

intransitive verb

1 : to make preparation to meet a need provide for entertainment especially : to supply something for sustenance or support provides for the poor
2 : to make a proviso or stipulation the Constitution … provides for an elected two-chamber legislatureCurrent Biography
3 : to take precautionary measures provide for the common defenseU.S. Constitution

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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.
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In fact, the shepherds of Abraham and Lot quarrel when the land could not provide for both of them. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Children should not be punished for the sins of their parents," 15 July 2019 Ducey's statements are correct but don't provide a complete picture of where the state ranks. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Ducey is cheerleader-in-chief for the state economy. Is his enthusiasm justified?," 15 July 2019 According to police, the fall was non-life threatening, but Crayton did not provide adequate assistance to her mother. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A Texas woman was living with her dead mother for three years," 15 July 2019 Prosecutors did not provide a motive for the shooting or specify how the girl was injured. Gal Tziperman Lotan, BostonGlobe.com, "8-year-old daughter of accused shooter was one of the victims of July Fourth attack, DA says," 15 July 2019 The nonprofit group represents the state's fairs but doesn't provide financial assistance. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "A 'dire' situation, inscrutable finances, plummeting attendance: Is this the end for the Hamilton County Fair?," 14 July 2019 Paris, France: Federal prosecutors also named a property in Paris that Epstein owned, but didn’t provide any additional details such as an address or type of property. Janna Herron And Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "From private island to private jet: What is 'billionaire' Jeffrey Epstein's net worth?," 14 July 2019 Madi’s daily oral intake of food doesn’t provide sufficient nutrition, so Terri sets up a bag of formula on an IV pole to sustain Madi overnight. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Daughter of UTSA basketball assistant coach an inspiration despite disability," 14 July 2019 Federal officials could not provide additional information about the case as the investigation is still open. Anchorage Daily News, "Kaktovik man accused of killing polar bear after it tried to eat whale meat he left in his yard," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of provide

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

History and Etymology for provide

Middle English, from Latin providēre, literally, to see ahead, from pro- forward + vidēre to see — more at pro-, wit

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provide

verb

English Language Learners 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
formal : to say that something will or should happen : to make it certain or possible that something will happen or be done

provide

verb
pro·​vide | \ prə-ˈvīd How to pronounce provide (audio) \
provided; providing

Kids Definition of provide

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.

Other Words from provide

provider \ prə-​ˈvī-​dər \ noun

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