pro·​vid·​ing prə-ˈvī-diŋ How to pronounce providing (audio)
: on condition that : in case
Providing vs. Provided: Usage Guide

Although occasionally still disapproved, providing is as well established as a conjunction as provided is. Provided is more common.

Word History


Middle English, present participle of providen

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of providing was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near providing

Cite this Entry

“Providing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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