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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Like all health care providers, VA occasionally experiences unexpected adverse outcomes in a small percentage of cases. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 Consolidation among health care providers also has picked up pace. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Jeffrey Flaks takes over as CEO of Hartford HealthCare amid time of expansion and consolidation across Connecticut," 29 Aug. 2019 Even health-care providers are susceptible to these beliefs. Dara T. Mathis, SELF, "We Need to Stop Acting Like Vasectomies Are Heroic," 29 Aug. 2019 Originally the group had planned to offer daylong continuing medical education courses for health care providers in Indiana and the neighboring states. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Weed 101: Three Indiana women want to teach doctors about medical cannabis," 29 Aug. 2019 Two Hood River day care providers pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree criminal mistreatment of a baby who died in their care in May 2018., "Two caregivers plead guilty to charges tied to baby’s death at Hood River day care," 27 Aug. 2019 People who develop symptoms are urged to stay home and contact a health care provider by phone. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Arizona Mills theater, Gila River Arena cited as additional locations for possible measles exposure, officials say," 26 Aug. 2019 Quick urged anyone who has symptoms to call a health care provider before going to the doctor to avoid additional exposures. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tourist may have brought measles to Southern California," 24 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Styne has recruited three primary care providers to help him run the clinic every week on Tuesday mornings. Naseem S. Miller,, "New hepatitis C cases increasing in Florida; local doctor helps treat uninsured," 23 Aug. 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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