1375–1425; late Middle English. See provide, -ed2

nonprovided, adjective
unprovided, adjective
well-provided, adjective

in case, granted. See if.


The conjunctions provided and providing are interchangeable. Both mean “on the condition or understanding that,” with that sometimes expressed: Provided (or Providing) no further objections are raised, we will consider the matter settled. Unabridged


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]

providing or provided (prəˈvaɪdɪŋ)
conj (sometimes foll by that)
on the condition or understanding (that): I'll play, providing you pay me
provided or provided

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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
For the rest of us, the vague contours are provided in the morning paper.
These employers have provided in-depth profiles full of information for
  prospective candidates.
It provided a cheap source of calories and was easy to cultivate, so it
  liberated workers from the land.
But few of the fossils have provided direct evidence of the evolutionary
  changes that led to flight.
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