pro·vid·er | \ prə-ˈvī-dər \

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 restaurants have rolled out more mobile payment options, increased orders fulfilled by delivery providers and offered spicy versions of its burgers as part of a local menu. Jaewon Kang And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Tim Hortons Tests China’s Appetite for Canadian Coffee," 11 July 2018 The tax will be deducted by service providers that will then pay to the government revenue service. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Ugandans angered by new tax for using social media," 2 July 2018 Jang recalls being greeted by nine or 10 providers at the hospital, but the baby’s medical records from the visit do not mention a trauma team being present, according to Teresa Brown of Medliminal, who reviewed the case. Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News And Sarah Kliff, Washington Post, "A Baby Was Treated With A Nap And A Bottle Of Formula. The Bill Was $18,000.," 2 July 2018 The budget includes language blocking Medicaid reimbursement for services by health care providers that also perform abortions. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Parson signs budget that blocks funding to Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics," 29 June 2018 Carter had sought counseling from military mental health providers before his fourth tour, his mother recalls, yet worried that revealing too much to them could jeopardize his Army career. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "A plan to help veterans from 'the first minute' they leave the service," 27 June 2018 The state’s SunPass toll-transponder system continues to be a mess, according to an email warning issued today by Central Florida’s transponder provider. Kevin Spear,, "Billing troubles continue with SunPass, the state's toll-road transponder system," 21 June 2018 Led by its then-Democratic chairman, Tom Wheeler, the FCC approved rules that banned the blocking and slowing of Web content by Internet providers. The Washington Post,, "Net neutrality repeal kicks in; here's what that means," 11 June 2018 The move is also strongly opposed by care providers and professional organizations. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Trump Administration to Reportedly Reinstate Domestic "Gag Rule" on Abortion," 18 May 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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