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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pro·vide /prəˈvaɪd/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"