provider

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The tribe was one of the first to create its telecommunication service provider, said Lewis. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 Ruby said the cyberattack hit its service provider, Opus Interactive, Sunday evening. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 Your internet service provider can still see your activity, as can a school or employer providing your internet access or computer. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Ohio law currently requires that a patient have two in-person appointments with their provider. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 4 May 2022 Nearly six in 10 mothers reported feeling dissatisfied with their current childcare provider. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 3 May 2022 Their model found patients who had a history of no-shows were more likely to miss future appointments, as were patients with language barriers and those scheduled to see their provider on days with bad weather. Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 29 Apr. 2022 Common Ground urges patients to check with their insurance provider to verify coverage in advance. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2022 It’s always important to consult with your primary care provider before consuming CBD. Ajc Staff, ajc, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'provider.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of provider

1523, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About provider

Time Traveler for provider

Time Traveler

The first known use of provider was in 1523

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near provider

providential

provider

providing

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for provider

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Provider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provider. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!