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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One cable to provide better graphics, a hookup to my triple-head monitors, charging, and wired access to my home network? Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple’s stubbornness," 23 Nov. 2018 Clive Barker, the mastermind behind Hellraiser and the Candyman series, provided more than 150 pieces of art to decorate the halls of Greendale's school for witches, the Academy Of The Unseen Arts. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Netflix Has Hidden All Kinds Of Easter Eggs In The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina House," 25 Oct. 2018 Swedish moms, for example, are allotted almost 69 paid weeks, while Estonia provides a whopping 87. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 The Red Cross is providing shelter and emotional support to evacuees. Maggie Mallon, Glamour, "Here's How You Can Help Victims of the California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018 When choosing a Halloween costume, nothing provides more inspiration than you're fave TV show or movie. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Lara Jean Covey from “To All the Boys I've Loved Before” is Bringing Asian-American Representation to Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 The end caps appear to be taped in place, which would not provide the seal needed to build up the pressure that can make pipe bombs so deadly. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 The molecular vibrations of a scent molecule might provide the right jump down in energy that electrons need to tunnel from one part of an odor receptor to another. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Restarting the engine also drains the battery and only going 80 feet does not provide enough time to recharge the battery for the next start. Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #4," 3 Oct. 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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