verb (used with object), provided, providing.
to make available; furnish: to provide employees with various benefits.
to supply or equip: to provide the army with new fighter planes.
to afford or yield.
Law. to arrange for or stipulate beforehand, as by a provision or proviso.
Archaic. to prepare or procure beforehand.
verb (used without object), provided, providing.
to take measures with due foresight (usually followed by for or against ).
to make arrangements for supplying means of support, money, etc. (usually followed by for ): He provided for his children in his will.
to supply means of support (often followed by for ): to provide for oneself.

1375–1425; late Middle English providen < Latin prōvidēre to foresee, look after, provide for, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vidēre to see

providable, adjective
overprovide, verb (used with object), overprovided, overproviding.
preprovide, verb (used with object), preprovided, preproviding.
unprovidable, adjective

1. give, render. 3. produce. Unabridged
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provide (prəˈvaɪd)
vb (foll by for)
1.  to put at the disposal of; furnish or supply
2.  to afford; yield: this meeting provides an opportunity to talk
3.  (intr; often foll by for or against) to take careful precautions (over): he provided against financial ruin by wise investment
4.  to supply means of support (to), esp financially: he provides for his family
5.  (in statutes, documents, etc) to determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), esp by including a proviso condition
6.  to confer and induct into ecclesiastical offices
7.  rare to have or get in store: in summer many animals provide their winter food
[C15: from Latin prōvidēre to provide for, from prō- beforehand + vidēre to see]

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Word Origin & History

1407, from L. providere "look ahead, prepare, supply," from pro- "ahead" + videre "to see" (see vision).
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Example sentences
The companies should determine which buildings they are going to build the
  first year and provide valid reasons for their choices.
Perhaps the strategy is to provide enough long-term life-support to allow such
  tiny, always reversible, glacial steps to proceed.
Researchers who curate unpopular varieties provide crucial insurance for our
  food supply.
Their value rather lies in this, that they provide a topic for literature.
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