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[pruh-vahy-der] /prəˈvaɪ dər/
a person or thing that provides.
a person who supports a family or another person.
Origin of provider
1515-25; provide + -er1
Related forms
nonprovider, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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

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
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