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.

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Under the new Medicaid Provider Reassignment Regulation, states will be unable to make Medicaid payments to third parties like health insurance providers or unions on behalf of an individual worker. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Home Care Workers are the Latest Vulnerable Group Under Attack by the Trump Administration," 10 May 2019 Birchbox alum Nidhi Kapur was furnishing a new home and struggled to find a furniture provider that ticked all the boxes for her: quality, affordability, and clarity in manufacturing process. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Startup Furniture Company Makes It So Easy to Customize Your Own Sofa," 16 Apr. 2019 That placed medical-marijuana providers in conflict with the county’s ban. The Yakima Herald-republic, The Seattle Times, "Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses," 13 Apr. 2019 For many providers, season one of Killing Eve is currently available on demand. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How to Watch Killing Eve Ahead of the Season Two Premiere," 24 Mar. 2019 And while SpaceX is still the most prolific launch provider in the US, its long-term plans are a bit murkier. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 Xfinity was the fastest broadband provider nationwide, followed by Verizon, according to Ookla. Rani Molla, Recode, "U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year," 12 Dec. 2018 His company is also the exclusive pizza provider at the stadium and during university events. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Will Papa John's Cardinal Stadium be renamed following N-word scandal?," 12 July 2018 The 2015 regulations, which were repealed by the FCC at the end of 2017, had barred broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or content. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘You get an Amazon HQ2 and you get an Amazon HQ2!’," 6 Nov. 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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