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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Needless to say, Jimin's latest raven-haired reveal for the tour provided some serendipity for ARMYs (and a break for his scalp). Devon Abelman, Allure, "BTS's Jimin Just Dyed His Hair Black for the First Stop of the U.S. Stadium Tour," 6 May 2019 Some equipment marketed for safety may not actually provide any benefits. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Toddler Swim Safety Tips, According to Swim Experts," 2 May 2019 Brooklyn florist, Saipua, will provide flowers and food designer Laila Gohar will create an installation for the VIP section. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Get an Exclusive Preview of Object & Thing, New York's Newest Art and Design Fair," 2 May 2019 Just as hormone therapy doesn't provide birth control, birth control doesn't do the same things as gender-affirming hormone therapy, says Ray. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "7 Things to Know About Birth Control If You Are Transgender or Nonbinary," 1 May 2019 Boeing hasn’t provided numbers on the financial impact from the Max crisis. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Southwest doesn’t plan to use Boeing Max jets until August," 14 Apr. 2019 Boulud joked in his introduction) read in the New York Times that the city does not provide meals on weekends or holidays, meaning that for nearly a third of the year, those dependant on the state for their meals starve. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Daniel Bouloud Hosts a Decadent Dinner in Support of Citymeals on Wheels," 12 Mar. 2019 Kendrick hasn’t provided an update on her condition or tweeted since. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Anna Kendrick Was 'Vulnerable and Terrified' While Getting Treated for Kidney Stones," 4 Feb. 2019 The Securities and Exchange Commission said Prosper provided inaccurate return data to over 30,000 investors between July 2015 and May 2017. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Online Lender Prosper Settles Probe Over Misleading Investors," 19 Apr. 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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