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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When Crown Prince Naruhito accedes to the Chrysanthemum throne as Japan’s new emperor at the end of April, his country will be briefly abdicating its role as the primary provider of liquidity in the thinnest trading hours of the day. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Japan’s Coronation Leaves an Empty Throne in Asian Trading," 30 Jan. 2019 Qualcomm recently had its big 2019 chip announcement, and as the world's biggest provider of smartphone chips, that gives us a good idea of what the upcoming 5G hardware will look like. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Don’t buy a 5G smartphone—at least, not for a while," 14 Dec. 2018 Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!," 27 Nov. 2018 Even the marketing agreements the company has signed with major universities like Ohio State, Texas, and Michigan to be the exclusive provider of uniforms and apparel for the school’s athletic teams are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Nike has made billions selling rebellion to young people," 6 Sep. 2018 Venegas said her husband is a hard worker and the sole provider of the family. Fox News, "Lawyer: Arrested migrant may have been mistaken for brother," 21 Aug. 2018 Watermark was formed in 2017 when three providers of electronic portfolio and assessment management solutions for higher education combined. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee education software company Digital Measures acquired by Watermark," 27 June 2018 Last year, 165 bonds worth 157.2 billion yuan ($23.3 billion) defaulted, according to data provider Wind. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Default Fears Add Fresh Stress to Chinese Private Sector," 11 Jan. 2019 The decision was unanimously accepted by the provider’s board of directors. Terry Tang, The Seattle Times, "Family of woman in vegetative state outraged after baby born," 9 Jan. 2019

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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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