provide

verb
pro·​vide | \ prə-ˈvīd How to pronounce provide (audio) \
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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Upon entering guests are enfolded into a canopy of trees that were collected from the property and the artistry of stonework of the massive two-sided, wood burning fireplace provides cozy nooks while nestled in bed or on the living room sofa. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 Ball Aerospace in Colorado will be building the SPHEREx spacecraft, while the Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute in Daejeon, Republic of Korea will be providing test equipment. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New NASA Mission Will Create Maps of the Sky Like Never Before," 14 Feb. 2019 Throughout her work and countrywide workshops, Sage questions stereotypes and racial bias while providing a platform for other makers to shine. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 Credenzas can be used in offices as well, substituting a desk or workspace while providing additional office storage. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How to Choose the Perfect Credenza," 19 Dec. 2018 The new report — plus a separate report from the University of Oxford also released Monday — provides a fresh look at how social platforms were unwittingly used to influence voter opinion ahead of the 2016 election. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018 Monday night’s victor would take one giant leap toward securing the fifth playoff seed while the loser would provide a target for the cluster of sub.-500 teams still in the hunt for a playoff position. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings on #MNF," 11 Dec. 2018 No one embodied the joyous energy of the collection better than Laverne Cox, who provided the show’s grand finale with an energetic performance in the style of Pat Cleveland. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "11 Honoré Shakes Up Fashion Week With Laverne Cox and a Size-Inclusive Cast of Model Stars," 7 Feb. 2019 Two aquamarine sofas anchor the living space and provide a rich burst of color in the otherwise subdued loft. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 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
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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