provision

noun
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \

Definition of provision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act or process of providing
b : the fact or state of being prepared beforehand
c : a measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency : preparation made provision for replacements
2 : a stock of needed materials or supplies especially : a stock of food usually used in plural

provision

verb
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \
provisioned; provisioning\ prə-​ˈvi-​zhə-​niŋ How to pronounce provision (audio) , -​ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of provision (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to supply with needed materials (such as food) : to supply with provisions

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Examples of provision in a Sentence

Noun The President, of all people, should know how difficult it is to take care of basic things like, say, prescription drugs for the elderly or shelter from the storm—especially if your government places a low priority on the efficient provision of public services and a high priority on the care and feeding of cronies … — Joe Klein, Time, 6 Feb. 2006 Nothing was overlooked. There was a fallback position, a fail-safe provision, for any contingency. — Gary Wills, New York Times Book Review, 1 Apr. 2001 They wheedled the American Congress into awarding entry terms more favorable than those enjoyed by any other state, including two unique provisions: Texas and not the federal government would own all public lands, and the state would retain forever the right to divide into five smaller states if that proved attractive, each one to have two senators and a proportionate number of representatives. — James A. Michener, Texas, 1985 Provisions should be made for regular inspections. He made provisions to donate part of his fortune to charity after he died. You should make provision for emergencies. I carried my provisions in one large backpack. We brought enough provisions to last the entire trip. Verb Few modern eaters consume such a wide range of plants, fruits, and animals, even when provisioned by a vast international or multi-ethnic marketplace. — Donna R. Gabaccia, We Are What We Eat, 1998 But biographies, like translations, are rarely provisioned to last forever, for they reflect the world of their authors as much as their subjects. — Morris Dickstein, New York Times Book Review, 1 Feb. 1998 As the cubs began to feed more regularly on meat, she provisioned them with hares, hyraxes, an Egyptian mongoose, and guinea fowl. — John A. Cavallo, Natural History, February 1990 They stopped to provision the ship. the climbers were sufficiently provisioned to withstand just about any mountaineering emergency
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Note that in each case, the actual persuasion was accomplished by the provision of information. Steve Denning, Forbes, "How To Change (Almost) Anyone’s Mind," 28 Feb. 2021 The spending package is heading to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will be forced to decide whether to hold a vote to override MacDonough, the chamber's parliamentarian, or leave out the $15 minimum wage provision. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Nothing good happens after midnight': DC reacts to $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending bill," 27 Feb. 2021 MacDonough decided that the minimum wage provision failed that test. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate," 27 Feb. 2021 The order — or the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which conducted the ensuing litigation in their name — asserted that even signing the form would be tantamount to their participating in the provision of contraception. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The GOP concocts a lie about Becerra suing nuns over contraception coverage," 26 Feb. 2021 While the state was recently approved for the additional benefits next month — under a provision for states phasing out of disaster declarations — the extra benefits will not continue into April without another declaration, O’Brien said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Millions of dollars in food assistance for Alaskans may disappear in April without a new COVID-19 disaster declaration," 26 Feb. 2021 The project is operating under a provision of the Defense Production Act that allows the federal government to consult with businesses for emergency preparedness and response. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Mask Makers Work With FEMA, Get Antitrust Protection," 15 Jan. 2021 Under the provision, employers have to notify the state within four hours of learning about a positive case. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Gala uproar, deputy dragged, anti-mask doctor: News from around our 50 states," 8 Dec. 2020 The restriction is under a specific provision of a treaty between the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, "Petersen sentenced to 6 years, 2 months in human trafficking case involving Marshallese adoptions," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While that’s not soon enough for a role in NASA’s Artemis mission to put people back on the moon in 2024, the craft could help provision a future base there with air, food, water and vital equipment. Charlotte Ryan, Bloomberg.com, "European Moon-Lander Project Pits Airbus Against Thales," 14 Oct. 2020 This one farm produced as much as 1,600 pounds of food this year, but to provision its CSA program, the Building Bridges group turns to an additional 10 farms within 50 miles of the city, most of them Black-owned, said Scott Kratz, vice president. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The small city farm: An oasis in food deserts, during the pandemic and beyond," 14 Oct. 2020 The company also can arrange to provision your RV with groceries prior to your arrival. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Camper van rentals: A socially distant way to road trip in the American West," 11 Oct. 2020 Make no mistake: The Cayenne Turbo is an extraordinary machine, beautifully crafted, sumptuously provisioned, modestly— ahem—styled. Dan Neil, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2003 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Takes Fast SUVs to New Heights," 2 June 2020 Such responses reflect the lack of well-provisioned, comfortable women’s spaces in many mosques and the scarcity of women in mosque leadership positions. Anna Piela, The Conversation, "Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new," 22 May 2020 Tens of thousands of rival forces still must be knitted together into a single army, a process that the U.N. and others have called behind schedule and poorly provisioned. Bloomberg.com, "South Sudan’s Rival Leaders Form Coalition Government," 7 May 2020 Bottom Line Gains for the bottom-line could be significant, absorbing some of the shock from the billions in loan losses provisioned by banks. Chanyaporn Chanjaroen, Bloomberg.com, "HSBC, Citi Speed Up Digital Push to Ward Off Asian Upstarts," 18 May 2020 The Volendam was last provisioned on March 20 and will be resupplied at sea by another ship in the next several days, according to Holland America Line vice president Sally Andrews. Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, "Cruise crew members are stuck at sea with paydays dwindling, searching for a way home," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of provision

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for provision

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin provision-, provisio act of providing, from Latin, foresight, from providēre to see ahead — more at provide

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The first known use of provision was in the 14th century

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“Provision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provision. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for provision

provision

noun

English Language Learners Definition of provision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of supplying or providing something
: something that is done in advance to prepare for something else
: a supply of food and other things that are needed

provision

verb

English Language Learners Definition of provision (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply (someone or something) with provisions and especially with food

provision

noun
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \

Kids Definition of provision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stock or store of supplies and especially of food usually used in pl. We have provisions to last us a week.
2 : the act of supplying the provision of food
3 : condition entry 1 sense 2 the provisions of a contract
4 : something done beforehand Make provision for emergencies.

provision

verb
provisioned; provisioning

Kids Definition of provision (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply with things that are needed

provision

noun
pro·​vi·​sion | \ prə-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce provision (audio) \

Legal Definition of provision

: a stipulation (as a clause in a statute or contract) made beforehand

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