provide

verb
pro·vide | \prə-ˈvīd \
provided; providing

Definition of provide 

intransitive verb

1 : to take precautionary measures provide for the common defenseU.S. Constitution

2 : to make a proviso or stipulation the Constitution … provides for an elected two-chamber legislatureCurrent Biography

3 : to make preparation to meet a need provide for entertainment especially : to supply something for sustenance or support provides for the poor

transitive verb

1 archaic : to prepare in advance

2a : 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

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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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Of those who did provide victim-impact statements, many were adamant that the juvenile killers should never be freed. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "After 26 years working with at-risk teens, can a Philly couple forgive the one who killed their son?," 13 July 2018 The magazine also provides its traditional preview coverage, ranking each of the teams in the FBS as well as listing the top 25 teams in the Football Championship Subdivision. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 Other than providing the opportunity for some boisterous and bravura acting, this creates the notion of the forebears haunting the villains that lead their company to ruin. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 The four major cellular providers have been working with Niantic, developer of the mobile game, to provide additional coverage during the two-day event, which starts Saturday. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Pokemon Go Fest is back and ready for the crowds after disappointing thousands last year," 12 July 2018 Another federal law, signed in February, expanded this effort by providing services for families at risk of entering the child welfare system. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "How one woman wants to help foster care youth, and it involves cake," 12 July 2018 Sunderland previously reported sticking points to booking major events during a council work session in March, such as whether the city or Tufton would provide insurance coverage, alcohol service and scheduling. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Citing progress, Ripken Stadium events manager seeks approval to book 2019 events," 11 July 2018 Rozek said the work this year will extend the life of the roadway by providing timely repairs and maintenance, as well as shoulder, retaining wall and noise-wall repairs and guardrail, drainage and lighting improvements. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Road and ramp repairs on I-88 between Naperville and Oak Brook start this week," 10 July 2018 While the administration has been opaque in providing details about the estimated 3,000 children still separated, some information has emerged. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Exactly How Many Separated Immigrant Families Have Been Reunited?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of provide

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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

: 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 \
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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