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 deals end the 62-year life of MTS as an independent provider of tools and systems for manufacturers and the military to test products against extreme temperatures, pressures and shocks. Star Tribune, "Pandemic slowed deal-making in Minnesota last year," 7 Feb. 2021 By 1998, the pressure was so intense that Wallace had trouble finding an Internet provider to offer service to his company. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "The decade-long quest to stop “Spamford” Wallace," 28 Dec. 2020 Albany: State police and health officials were investigating Saturday whether an Orange County health care provider violated state guidelines in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Sandhill cranes, black-footed ferrets, Washington crossing the Delaware: News from around our 50 states," 28 Dec. 2020 The data from Ellume’s test would automatically transmit to health authorities by sending the data through an outside provider already connected into the public health system, Dr. Parsons said. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Can You Get a Covid Test at Home?," 14 Dec. 2020 The speaker worked for SolarWinds, an obscure but important provider of network management tools for the U.S. government and hundreds of thousands of private customers, including many of America’s biggest corporations. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "It’s Too Easy to Hack the U.S. Government," 14 Dec. 2020 Testing is at no cost, and an appointment or health care provider’s referral is not required. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Free COVID testing in East Cleveland, Warrensville Heights Dec. 12-13," 11 Dec. 2020 Whitehead is the chief financial officer of an Arkansas health care provider. Patrick Danner,, "Judge prevents former CaptureRx CEO Hotchkiss from returning as manager," 10 Dec. 2020 Companies that have gone public this year have averaged a return of 53.8% above their IPO price, including a return of 23.4% after their first day of trading, according to Renaissance Capital, an IPO research provider. Alex Veiga,, "Airbnb, DoorDash part of blockbuster IPO market, but investors should be wary," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of provider

1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of provider was in 1523

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19 Feb 2021

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“Provider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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