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.

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Exercise Is Medicine Exercise Is Medicine is ACSM's own global health initiative that encourages health-care providers to get their patients on an exercise regimen and analyze physical activity as part of regular check-ups. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "The Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2019, According to Fitness Pros," 1 Nov. 2018 In recent years there has growing competition for first-responder Internet providers, specifically in the form of FirstNet, an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce founded in 2012. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Verizon Stops Data Throttling Firefighters, Apologizes," 24 Aug. 2018 The other will incentivize maternal health care providers to offer integrated health care services to pregnant women and new mothers and reduce adverse maternal health outcomes, maternal deaths, and racial health disparities. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Black Women Are Dying During Childbirth. Sen. Kamala Harris Is Working to Change That.," 23 Aug. 2018 Healthy Harrison includes a workplace wellness program, an in-school walking program for both children and staff, and an opioid addiction program developed in partnership with local health care providers. Clay Marsh, STAT, "Facing deaths of despair from the depths of despair in West Virginia," 12 July 2018 During a news conference about the vetoes, a reporter asked McMaster if he was concerned that the vast majority of the cuts -- more than $15.5 million -- affect health care providers beyond Planned Parenthood. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "South Carolina governor vetoes $15.7 million from budget over funding for abortion providers," 8 July 2018 Price increases come in bunches, said Brett Sappington, a pay TV expert who follows traditional and Internet providers for the research outfit Parks Associates. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Price hikes for cord-cutters. What gives?," 7 July 2018 Since its inception in 2005, educators have questioned the Florida law that required pre-K providers to be judged on how their graduates do on a kindergarten readiness test. Leslie Postal,, "Ready for kindergarten? Florida's new test found many youngsters were not," 5 July 2018 Another pair of bills would have required providers that contract with the state to abide by net neutrality rules. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Walker rejects lawmakers’ request to issue executive order on net neutrality," 26 June 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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