provide

verb
pro·​vide | \ prə-ˈvīd \
provided; providing

Definition of provide

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1 archaic : to prepare in advance
2a : 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
3 : to have as a condition : stipulate the contract provides that certain deadlines will be met

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Examples of provide in a Sentence

The Web site 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 Web site 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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No one embodied the joyous energy of the collection better than Laverne Cox, who provided the show’s grand finale with an energetic performance in the style of Pat Cleveland. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "11 Honoré Shakes Up Fashion Week With Laverne Cox and a Size-Inclusive Cast of Model Stars," 7 Feb. 2019 Two aquamarine sofas anchor the living space and provide a rich burst of color in the otherwise subdued loft. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 Some officials have contemplated whether Mr. Powell or other top officials, short of announcing a complete road map for when the portfolio wind-down would end, could provide an update. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Officials Weigh Earlier-Than-Expected End to Bond Portfolio Runoff," 25 Jan. 2019 The foyer, which originally offered a straight line of sight into the back of the house, was reconfigured to provide a bit more privacy, while a coat closet, bar and powder room took the place of the old kitchen. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "See How Designer Chantal Lamberto Family-Proofs A 1905 San Francisco Home," 24 Jan. 2019 The formula reacts to your body’s natural pH, providing a plush, natural color that suits the skin tone of every person perfectly and makes annoying lips gloss returns a thing of the past. Vara Gianna, Seventeen, "11 Gorgeous Lip Glosses That Won't Break The Bank," 22 Jan. 2019 Netflix Before the disastrous Fyre Festival scam, Maryann Rolle was a Bahamian woman who owned a local restaurant and sought to provide good food for locals and tourists. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Woman Who Became the Hero of Fyre Festival," 18 Jan. 2019 Page Six's source also revealed that the Biebers' wedding party is being styled, the dancers are prepping, and Justin's DJ, Tay James, is set to provide the music for the upcoming celebration. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber's Mom Pose for the Cutest Selfie," 16 Jan. 2019 While the immediate reduction and eventual elimination of police violence is ideal for many voters, there is a lingering concern on whether police-reform activists could provide substantive economic policy or find ways to curb city spending. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Stevante Clark is Running for Mayor of Sacramento," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of provide

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of provide

: to make (something) available : to supply (something that is wanted or needed)
: to give something wanted or needed to (someone or something) : to supply (someone or something) with something
formal : to say that something will or should happen : to make it certain or possible that something will happen or be done

provide

verb
pro·​vide | \ prə-ˈvīd \
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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