provide

verb
pro·​vide | \ prə-ˈvīd How to pronounce provide (audio) \
provided; providing

Essential Meaning of provide

1 : to make (something) available : to supply (something that is wanted or needed) The Web site provides information about local activities. The curtains on the windows provide privacy. See More ExamplesThe school provided new uniforms for the band. The goal is to provide health care to/for as many people as possible. The store provides excellent service (to its customers). Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the meeting.Hide
2 : to give something wanted or needed to (someone or something) : to supply (someone or something) with something The Web site provides users with information about local activities. The school provided the band with new uniforms. See More ExamplesThe store provides its customers with excellent service. Workers were provided with gloves for protection.Hide
3 formal : to say that something will or should happen : to make it certain or possible that something will happen or be done The contract provides that certain deadlines will be met. The law provides that minors will be treated differently from adults.

Full Definition of provide

transitive verb

1a : to supply or make available (something wanted or needed) provided new uniforms for the band also : afford curtains provide privacy
b : to make something available to provide the children with free balloons
2 : to have as a condition : stipulate the contract provides that certain deadlines will be met
3 archaic : to prepare in advance

intransitive verb

1 : to make preparation to meet a need provide for entertainment especially : to supply something for sustenance or support provides for the poor
2 : to make a proviso or stipulation the Constitution … provides for an elected two-chamber legislatureCurrent Biography
3 : to take precautionary measures provide for the common defenseU.S. Constitution

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Examples of provide in a Sentence

The website provides information about local activities. The curtains on the windows provide privacy. The school provided new uniforms for the band. The goal is to provide health care to as many people as possible. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the meeting. The website provides users with information about local activities. The school provided the band with new uniforms. The store provides its customers with excellent service. Workers were provided with gloves for protection. The contract provides that certain deadlines will be met.
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Recent Examples on the Web Realizing the need to have well-prepared and well-educated nurses enter the workforce faster than the current programs could provide, the federal government supported the establishment of nursing programs in community and junior colleges. Sara Turpel, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Oct. 2021 What options could your company provide for people who need extra flexibility or support? Taha Elraaid, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Fuelled with wood, animal waste, kerosene and charcoal, these fires produce highly polluting smoke and contribute to deforestation, soil erosion and ultimately desertification -- but solar cookers could provide an alternative. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 Russia also fears that a flood of Afghan refugees into Central Asia could provide cover for Islamist militants to infiltrate countries in the region. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Ringless voicemail could provide information such as where a voter’s nearest polling place is or how to complete a mail-in ballot, the campaign said. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, 20 Oct. 2021 Like many, the 51-year-old craved more human interaction than video calls could provide. USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Robinson, however, is able to provide advice to his teammates. Jason Beede, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Delta paused service on April 1, 2020, and an airline spokesperson told NerdWallet that the airline couldn’t provide more details on whether cargo pet services would return. cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of provide

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

History and Etymology for provide

Middle English, from Latin providēre, literally, to see ahead, from pro- forward + vidēre to see — more at pro-, wit

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“Provide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provide. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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provide

verb
pro·​vide | \ prə-ˈvīd How to pronounce provide (audio) \
provided; providing

Kids Definition of provide

1 : to give something that is needed Volunteers provide meals for the poor.
2 : to supply something : supply (someone) with something The room provides a view of the city. I can't provide you with the answer.
3 : to make as a condition The rules provide that all players must practice.

Other Words from provide

provider \ prə-​ˈvī-​dər \ noun

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