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 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8.6 million to 12 million people have visited health-care providers complaining of influenza-like symptoms, such as fever, coughing, sneezing and aches since the flu season began Oct. 1. Author: Lenny Bernstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Reality check: Flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus," 1 Feb. 2020 These people should call their health care provider and stay home from work or school if any symptoms develop. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Want to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus? Do the Same Things You Do Every Winter," 31 Jan. 2020 Health care providers who complete 2 hours of online training are encouraged to screen children up to age 18 for ACEs. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "California has begun screening for early childhood trauma, but critics urge caution," 29 Jan. 2020 Health-care providers are relying on a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test conducted only at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Luciana Borio And Scott Gottlieb, WSJ, "Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic," 28 Jan. 2020 Health care providers in Brazos County are still aware of public health guidance about the virus. Gwendolyn Wu, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M student tests negative for coronavirus," 26 Jan. 2020 Federal health officials are asking that people with possible exposure to the virus and who develop symptoms like cough and fever call health care providers first, rather than just showing up at a doctor’s office, clinic, or emergency room. Denise Grady,, "Chicago woman is second patient in US with Wuhan coronavirus," 24 Jan. 2020 The Upshot: The jaw-dropping verdict — Cox has to pay $1 billion to plaintiffs including the three major label groups and EMI — put other cable/internet providers on notice. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "5 Legal Cases That Could Change the Music Industry In 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 In 2000, the Patient First practice in Northern Kentucky had been looking for a provider in its Butler office for two years., "Hidden in plain sight," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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5 Feb 2020

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“Provider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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