provider

[pruh-vahy-der]
noun
1.
a person or thing that provides.
2.
a person who supports a family or another person.

Origin:
1515–25; provide + -er1

nonprovider, noun
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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]
 
pro'vider
 
n

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Example sentences
Both treatment arms were given in a context of a warm patient-provider relationship.
It provides a useful and timely recipient of goods and services, thus
  facilitating their movement from the provider.
Evidence is some observation, some piece of data, that can be used to provider
  support for an idea.
And the last thing patients need is a provider that is involved at an emotional
  level.
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