Pro·vide v. t. [imp. & p. p. Provided; p. pr. & vb. n. Providing.]
1. To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare. “Provide us all things necessary.”
2. To supply; to afford; to contribute.
Bring me berries, or such cooling fruit
As the kind, hospitable woods provide. --Milton.
3. To furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by with. “And yet provided him of but one.” --Jer. Taylor. “Rome . . . was well provided with corn.” --Arbuthnot.
4. To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done.
5. To foresee.
Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.]
6. To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor.
Pro·vide, v. i.
1. To procure supplies or means in advance; to take measures beforehand in view of an expected or a possible future need, especially a danger or an evil; -- followed by against or for; as, to provide against the inclemency of the weather; to provide for the education of a child.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. --Burke.
2. To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.
v 1: provide or furnish with; "We provided the room with an
electrical heater" [syn: supply, render, furnish]
2: provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food
or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the
guests" [syn: supply, ply, cater]
3: determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies),
especially by including a proviso condition or
stipulation; "The will provides that each child should
receive half of the money"; "The Constitution provides for
the right to free speech"
4: mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"
[syn: put up, offer]
5: make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be
attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for
improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion";
"allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip";
"This procedure provides for lots of leeway" [syn: leave,
allow for, allow]
6: supply means of subsistence; earn a living; "He provides for
his large family by working three jobs"; "Women nowadays
not only take care of the household but also bring home
the bacon" [syn: bring home the bacon]
7: take measures in preparation for; "provide for the proper
care of the passengers on the cruise ship"