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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One provision of that deal -- an arms embargo on Iran -- is set to expire in October and the United States is currently lobbying the United Nations Security Council to extend it. Fox News, "US hits Iranian metal industry with sanctions as tensions bubble," 25 June 2020 The provision is part of the 2021 intelligence authorization bill, which has yet to make its way to the full Senate. CBS News, "Senators want public to see Pentagon UFO reports, citing "inconsistent" information sharing," 24 June 2020 In Colorado, a bill aimed at diversifying the state's legal cannabis industry was amended with a provision that would allow Democratic Governor Jared Polis to expunge residents' low-level cannabis convictions. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Why more states could legalize cannabis in 2021," 24 June 2020 The bill must still be voted on by the entire Senate before the UFO provision is binding. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Senate Intelligence Committee pushes for public analysis from government about UFOs," 23 June 2020 Additionally, the home must at least 30 years old, a provision that rules out newer homes. Dallas News, "Need to upgrade your home? Garland will help you pay for renovations," 19 June 2020 The first few incarnations of voter registration—including a provision that required voters to re-register each year—were deemed so outrageous that Courts overturned them. David Litt, Time, "The Racist History of Voter Registration," 18 June 2020 Among them is a provision that calls for Sutter to end its all-or-nothing contracting deals with payers, which demanded that an insurer that wanted to include any one of the Sutter hospitals or clinics in its network must include all of them. Jenny Gold, SFChronicle.com, "Citing COVID-19, Sutter pushes to revisit landmark antitrust settlement," 17 June 2020 At the time, Cardinal Stritch University sold the land to a building developer with a provision that gave Glendale 15,000 square feet on the first floor for community use. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The library has been held hostage': The North Shore Library is in need of repairs, but these four communities can't find a solution," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The company says ships can provide up to 1,000 rooms and are able to be quickly provisioned with the necessary medical equipment, including intensive care units. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 18-19," 24 Apr. 2020 The state webpage notes provisioning boating services or supplies does not constitute critical care infrastructure work. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Boating allowed, but don’t cross international waters, border patrol clarifies," 7 Apr. 2020 Catering is their new frontier, provisioning parties and events throughout the Southeast under the leadership of Katie Wilson. Eric Velasco, al, "See all the changes at Hot & Hot Fish Club’s new location," 16 Mar. 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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Provision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provision. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for provision

provision

noun
How to pronounce provision (audio)

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
How to pronounce provision (audio)

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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