pro·​vid·​er | \ prə-ˈvī-dər How to pronounce provider (audio) \

Definition of provider

: one that provides health-care providers an Internet provider especially : breadwinner

Examples of provider in a Sentence

She works hard and is a good provider. He is the sole provider for his family.

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Just over half of the 26m people who went on a cruise in 2018 were American, reckons Cruise Market Watch, a data-provider. The Economist, "What slumping demand for cruises says about Chinese tourists," 8 June 2019 The clinic adopted a generous late policy, allowing patients to show up any time on the day of their appointment and still be seen by a provider. Leila Atassi,, "MetroHealth’s Buckeye Health Center to feature wraparound services, social support for patients on poverty’s edge," 7 June 2019 The organization is a nonprofit service provider that was founded in 1974. Terry Demio,, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati: Which firms have been on the list all 10 years?," 6 June 2019 Those test results go to a provider licensed in the woman’s state—but not necessarily located there. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Telemedicine Makes It Safe to Get Abortion Drugs in the Mail," 5 June 2019 The National Institutes of Health, the country’s largest single provider of medical research funding, will no longer support new research by its in-house scientists that uses human fetal tissue obtained from abortions. Erin Allday,, "UCSF loses contract as Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 Its founders presently enjoy an estimated 50% of Africa's phone market share and are the largest handset providers on the continent, according to technology research firm, Canalys. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "How China's Boomplay beat Spotify and Apple to corner Africa's streaming market," 5 June 2019 The agency has been a Medicaid provider since 2008 and currently has 189 patients on Medicaid, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Boise man died of burns after a home health aide left him in hot bath, friend says," 3 June 2019 In an already less-than-lucrative industry, that can be problematic for providers. Hayley Harding, The Seattle Times, "Looking for the perfect child care? Join the waiting list.," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of provider

1523, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of provider

: a group or company that provides a specified service
: a person (such as a mother or father) who earns the money that is needed to support a family

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