provide

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

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 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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The legal filings obtained by The Boston Globe indicate that Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, who remains at large, allegedly provided the financial backing. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "10th suspect in David Ortiz shooting expected to face judge today," 17 June 2019 Our policy is to replace missing issues, provided they are claimed by subscribers within certain time limits specified below. The New York Review of Books, "Missing Issues Claims," 17 June 2019 Graveside service will be 1:45 P.M., Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Mountain Home National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Hawkins County Color Guard and Tennessee Army National Guard. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019 Smithe gets the coveted artist-in-residence spot at the nearby Taxi development, which provides living space and a massive studio to work in. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "One of Mexico City’s trendsetters is bringing his art and music to Denver," 16 June 2019 These companies, frequently found on best-places-to-work-for lists, often provide extensive campus perks, from gourmet cafeterias to on-site doctors. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Airbnb offers $24 tours of its company headquarters," 15 June 2019 Taiwan’s tech giant HTC, which develops VR headsets and content under its brand Vive, provides grants to projects that promote awareness of climate change and sustainability under VR for Impact. Vivienne Chow, Quartzy, "Artists are using virtual reality to convey the perils of climate change," 15 June 2019 Funds can be in cash or in-kind donations, for example, providing materials or skilled labor. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Gardening has proved to be a challenge so far this year: Whit & Whimsey," 14 June 2019 OSU Master Gardeners lead 30-minute informational tours, focusing on plants and garden areas while providing a glimpse into the Pittocks’ contributions to Portland’s gardens. oregonlive.com, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Workshops, garden tours and more," 14 June 2019

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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

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 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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