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provision

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noun pro·vi·sion \prə-ˈvi-zhən\

Definition of provision

  1. 1a :  the act or process of providingb :  the fact or state of being prepared beforehandc :  a measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency :  preparation made provision for replacements

  2. 2 :  a stock of needed materials or supplies; especially :  a stock of food —usually used in plural

  3. 3 :  proviso, stipulation

Examples of provision in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Provisions should be made for regular inspections.

  5. He made provisions to donate part of his fortune to charity after he died.

  6. You should make provision for emergencies.

  7. I carried my provisions in one large backpack.

  8. We brought enough provisions to last the entire trip.

Recent Examples of provision from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of provision

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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verb pro·vi·sion \prə-ˈvi-zhən\

Definition of provision

provisioned

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provisioning

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to supply with needed materials (such as food) :  to supply with provisions

Examples of provision in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. They stopped to provision the ship.

  5. the climbers were sufficiently provisioned to withstand just about any mountaineering emergency

Recent Examples of provision from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of provision

see 1provision


PROVISION Defined for English Language Learners

provision

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Definition of provision for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of supplying or providing something

  • : something that is done in advance to prepare for something else

  • provisions : a supply of food and other things that are needed

provision

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Definition of provision for English Language Learners

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


PROVISION Defined for Kids

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noun pro·vi·sion \prə-ˈvi-zhən\

Definition of provision for Students

  1. 1 :  a stock or store of supplies and especially of food —usually used in pl. We have provisions to last us a week.

  2. 2 :  the act of supplying the provision of food

  3. 3 :  1condition 2 the provisions of a contract

  4. 4 :  something done beforehand Make provision for emergencies.


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verb pro·vi·sion

Definition of provision for Students

provisioned

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provisioning

  1. :  to supply with things that are needed


Law Dictionary

provision

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noun pro·vi·sion \prə-ˈvi-zhən\

Legal Definition of provision

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



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