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provision

[pruh-vizh-uh n] /prəˈvɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
a clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
2.
the providing or supplying of something, especially of food or other necessities.
3.
arrangement or preparation beforehand, as for the doing of something, the meeting of needs, the supplying of means, etc.
4.
something provided; a measure or other means for meeting a need.
5.
a supply or stock of something provided.
6.
provisions, supplies of food.
7.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
  2. appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.
verb (used with object)
8.
to supply with provisions.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin prōvīsiōn- (stem of prōvīsiō) a foreseeing, equivalent to prōvīs(us) (past participle of prōvidēre to provide) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
provisioner, noun
provisionless, adjective
overprovision, noun
preprovision, noun
reprovision, verb
self-provision, noun
unprovisioned, adjective
Synonyms
1. condition. 2. catering, purveying. 6. store, provender, stock. See food.
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  • They settled there, but around a fourth of the tribe died on the way, because they had no provisions over the winter.
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  • He tied himself in along with his pellet gun and provisions.
  • The working plan includes provisions to decrease poaching and smuggling of the tigers and calls for more protected habitats.
  • The provisions in both bills are ridiculously easy to get around.
  • To offset some of these price increases, the budget includes provisions to use some of the auction revenue for tax relief.
British Dictionary definitions for provisions

provision

/prəˈvɪʒən/
noun
1.
the act of supplying or providing food, etc
2.
something that is supplied or provided
3.
preparations made beforehand (esp in the phrase make provision for)
4.
(pl) food and other necessities, esp for an expedition
5.
(pl) food obtained for a household
6.
a demand, condition, or stipulation formally incorporated in a document; proviso
7.
the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices
verb
8.
(transitive) to supply with provisions
Derived Forms
provisioner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōvīsiō a providing; see provide
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Word Origin and History for provisions
n.

"supply of food," c.1600; see provision.

provision

n.

late 14c., "a providing beforehand, action of arranging in advance" (originally in reference to ecclesiastical appointments made before the position was vacant), from Old French provision "precaution, care" (early 14c.), from Latin provisionem (nominative provisio) "a foreseeing, foresight, preparation, prevention," noun of action from past participle stem of providere "look ahead" (see provide). Meaning "something provided" is attested from late 15c.; specific sense of "supply of food" is from c.1600.

v.

"to supply with provisions," 1787, from provision (n.). Related: Provisioned; provisioning.

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