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 provisioning (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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But Modi's government has repeatedly insisted that the special provisions in Jammu and Kashmir have restricted investment and economic growth. Helen Regan And Sophia Saifi, CNN, "Pakistan's Imran Khan likens India's actions in Kashmir to Nazism," 12 Aug. 2019 The second is a provision in the Indian criminal procedure code that allows police to take people into custody to prevent breaches of the peace. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "‘What is our crime?’: Detentions of politicians deepen crackdown in Kashmir," 12 Aug. 2019 The governor vetoed a provision in House Bill 5050 that would have provided $500,000 to the Association of Oregon Counties to issue grants for eastern Oregon counties to plan expansions of cities’ urban growth boundaries. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Gov. Kate Brown follows through on two line-item veto threats, changes course on wetlands bill," 9 Aug. 2019 Shelby County filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the provision in a 5-4 vote in 2013. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Birmingham NAACP holds voting rights vigil on anniversary of landmark law," 6 Aug. 2019 The companies also could benefit from the decision to toss out a provision in the law that would have allowed people to grow a small amount of marijuana at home for personal use, an outcome backed mainly by law-enforcement leaders around the state. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois marijuana growers who get first shot at the recreational market contributed heavily to politicians who cemented their advantage," 2 Aug. 2019 The elections lawsuit, reassigned to U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, is centered on provisions in a new law that went into effect July 1. Dara Kam, orlandosentinel.com, "Judge withdraws from Amendment 4 lawsuit after GOP officials hire attorney from his wife’s firm," 17 July 2019 The Cadillac tax has been a controversial provision in Obamacare from the beginning — and almost by design. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Why the House plans to pass a bipartisan bill repealing a controversial Obamacare tax," 17 July 2019 It was expected to be a key cost-containment provision in President Barack Obama’s signature health law and one of the main ways it was supposed to pay for itself. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law," 17 July 2019

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This claim was quickly undone, however, as modern technology made the Pole accessible by airplane, submarine and well-provisioned expedition. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019 Southwest says the ramp agent had been operating a provisioning truck, which is used to supply material for flights, including food and drink. Washington Post, "Truck hits parked plane at Pittsburgh Airport, worker hurt," 17 June 2019 Daimler initially provisioned less than €1 billion to address the problem, but on Friday set aside an extra €1.6 billion. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Mercedes’ New Boss Takes a Costly Trip to the Repair Shop," 12 July 2019 From its incident response work, Twitch also collected 35 different IP addresses used to operate the Twitch accounts performing the attack, provisioned to seven different providers. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Twitch is closing in on its Christchurch trolls," 29 June 2019 Souleye’s method of provisioning changes by the day, by the hour. Nicole Cliffe, SELF, "Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo," 26 June 2019 Thus provisioned, Hyundai’s mini-ute outdistances the Bolt (238 miles), the Jaguar I-Pace (234) and even comes within a whisker of Tesla’s base Model 3 (260). Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: Good EVs Are No Longer Shocking," 1 Nov. 2018 Then came the letters carried out by the teams of divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys' refuge as experts pondered whether to dive them out or provision them for months while the monsoon season continues until at least late October. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 Then came the letters carried out by the teams of divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys’ refuge as experts pondered whether to dive them out or provision them for months while the monsoon season continues until at least late October. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Four boys have been rescued from Thai cave," 9 July 2018

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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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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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