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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Slack Technologies, a provider of enterprise collaboration software, is preparing a direct listing for late in the second quarter, according to The... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Unicorns Bet Big on Amazon’s Cloud," 10 Apr. 2019 CustomSpace, a provider of coworking space to industrial and office tenants, has leased 113,152 square feet in Central City Industrial Park at 5301 Polk Street, Building 14, for its first Texas location. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate briefs: CustomSpace brings industrial coworking to Texas," 13 July 2018 That's the grim takeaway from a new study from Ascent, a private student loan provider. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "As financial burden rises, college students question value of education," 11 July 2018 But many new managers feel too pressed for time to enroll, according to a recent survey of 218 first-time managers ages 27 to 32 by LeadX, a training provider. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "When a Promotion Means Losing Friends at Work," 26 Feb. 2019 Locate a home insurance provider—maybe the same company that insures your car—and request a homeowner’s policy. Nancy Mann Jackson, House Beautiful, "Here's Exactly What It Takes To Buy A Home," 26 Feb. 2019 DB Consulting, a larger federal staffing provider based in Maryland, maxed out its $5 million credit line last week, Vice President Shawn Boyd said in an interview. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 According to the 2018 School Nutrition Operations Report by the School Nutrition Association, a nonprofit representing student meal providers nationally, 75 percent of school districts had unpaid meal debt at the end of the 2016-’17 school year. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 Friday Harbor was once a major produce provider for the state, but these days, the economy is centered around tourism—sea kayaking and orca whale-watching are the biggest draws. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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