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 The Greenbook provides more details on that provision, which was previewed in prior outlines released by the administration. Allyson Versprille, Fortune, 3 June 2021 But whether a bill makes it to President Joe Biden's desk hinges on a provision stripping law enforcement of qualified immunity, allowing the public to sue police officers more easily. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 Salt Lake City’s legal argument hinges largely on a one-sentence provision in the state constitution known as the Ripper Clause. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 Scott largely pinned his 2016 veto of an alimony bill on a similar child-sharing provision. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Apr. 2021 The business lobby attacked the EFCA by focusing on a provision known as card check. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Abbott sought a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education on this provision in February, but the state hasn’t received any additional answers on the matter, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said Wednesday. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 15 Apr. 2021 Democrats and voting rights advocates seized on this provision in the law. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2021 In the late hours of the last day of the Georgia legislative session, House lawmakers tacked on a provision to an otherwise standard bill to begin taxing jet fuel. al, 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The launch of the Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, module is the first of 11 missions to build and provision the station and send up a three-person crew by the end of next year. orlandosentinel.com, 14 May 2021 Unlike IaaS, where only administrators and operators were expected to build and provision virtual machines, Containerization brought the responsibility of packaging the code and building the container images to developers. Janakiram Msv, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 How do companies now provision office space when the work habits of Americans are so uncertain? Ken Ashley, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 14 Oct. 2020 The company also can arrange to provision your RV with groceries prior to your arrival. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 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, 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, 22 May 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 19 Jun. 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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