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provider

[pruh-vahy-der] /prəˈvaɪ dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that provides.
2.
a person who supports a family or another person.
Origin of provider
1515-1525
1515-25; provide + -er1
Related forms
nonprovider, noun
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  • To abstain from the enjoyment of the gifts offered is an act of ingratitude towards the provider.

    Browning and Dogma Ethel M. Naish
  • If they come, let them come, and God be my aid and provider!

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The story of the jackal being his “provider,”—killing them for him,—is not true.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • He is a provider of natural produce, manufacturer, middleman and consumer, all in one.

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
Word Origin and History for provider
n.

1520s, agent noun from provide.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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provider in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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