• Fishing provided food as well as recreation for the colonists. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Fishing provided food as well as recreation for the colonists. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v provide take measures in preparation for "provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship"
    • v provide determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation "The will provides that each child should receive half of the money","The Constitution provides for the right to free speech"
    • v provide give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
    • v provide supply means of subsistence; earn a living "He provides for his large family by working three jobs","Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon"
    • v provide give something useful or necessary to "We provided the room with an electrical heater"
    • v provide mount or put up "put up a good fight","offer resistance"
    • v provide make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain "This leaves no room for improvement","The evidence allows only one conclusion","allow for mistakes","leave lots of time for the trip","This procedure provides for lots of leeway"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five years of service
    • Provide To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor.
    • Provide To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done.
    • Provide To foresee.
    • Provide To furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by with. "And yet provided him of but one.""Rome . . . was well provided with corn."
    • Provide To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare. "Provide us all things necessary."
    • Provide To procure supplies or means in advance; to take measures beforehand in view of an expected or a possible future need, especially a danger or an evil; -- followed by against or for; as, to provide against the inclemency of the weather; to provide for the education of a child. "Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants."
    • Provide To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.
    • Provide To supply; to afford; to contribute. "Bring me berries, or such cooling fruit
      As the kind, hospitable woods provide ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eating eight strawberries will provide you with more Vitamin C than an orange
    • provide To foresee; look forward to.
    • provide To procure beforehand; get, collect, or make ready for future use; prepare.
    • provide To furnish; supply: now often followed by with, but formerly also by of.
    • provide To make ready; prepare.
    • provide To make or lay down as a previous arrangement, guaranty, or provision; make a previous condition, supposition, or understanding: as, the agreement provides that the party shall incur no loss.
    • provide Eccles., to grant the right to be in future presented to a benefice which is not vacant at the time of the grant. See provision, 8.
    • provide To procure or furnish supplies, means of defense, or the like: as, to provide liberally for the table.
    • provide To take measures for counteracting or escaping something: often followed by against or for.
    • provide To make ready; prepare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1936, England became the first country in the world to provide regular public broadcasting on television.
    • v.t Provide prō-vīd′ to make ready beforehand: to prepare for future use: to supply: to appoint or give a right to a benefice before it is actually vacant
    • v.i Provide to procure supplies or means of defence: to take measures: to arrange for as a necessary condition or arrangement
    • ***


  • Charles F. Kettering
    “The future can be anything we want it to be, providing we have the faith and that we realize that peace, no less than war, required blood and sweat and tears.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A mousetrap always provides free cheese.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Chance is the providence of adventurers.”
  • Francis Schaeffer
    Francis Schaeffer
    “Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.”


Tempt providence - If you tempt providence, you take a risk that may well have unpleasant consequences. ('Tempt fate' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. providere, provisum,; pro, before + videre, to see. See Vision, and cf. Prudent Purvey


In literature:

The former is provided with a blade some 8 cm.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
London, therefore, standing in its marshes had no means of providing for itself.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
While my father did not provide for my education, he was himself an industrious man and provided that I should not be idle.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
They do no more than provide a useful point of origin for further inquiry.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
The folkways, at a time, provide for all the needs of life then and there.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Providence has laid this burden of care and labor upon me, and upon no one else.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
These are strong, thrifty, and beautiful, and are provided with every defense known to the mullein world.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Failure by the husband to provide, in twenty.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Laundry, linen and towel rooms, and a drying room must be provided.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
But then, it was this very expansion that provided a seat for Dave, which the other sort of post would hardly have afforded.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan

In poetry:

God was his friend, his guard and guide,
His refuge and his mighty tower,
And well he knew He would provide
For every need and trying hour;
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell
Or by the light Thy words disclose
Watch Time's full river as it flows,
Scanning Thy gracious Providence,
Where not too deep for mortal sense:-
"Evening" by John Keble
My happiness lost on the world tempest-tossed,
Weary and heart-sick with pain,
Providently I came to Providence by name,
Where my health I did quickly regain.
"Providence Hospital" by Mary Alice Walton
Few know him, indeed; but the beauty that glows
In the forest is loveliness still;
And Providence helping the life of the rose
Is a Friend and a Father to Bill.
"Bill the Bullock-Driver" by Henry Kendall
What can I do, by rib and Providence
Singing! - Like a wire! Sunburn! Siberia!
I travel my delusions - like a bridge!
With their weightlessness
In a world of weights.
"Poets (excerpt)" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Thus on the dusky verge of deep despair,
Eternal Providence was with me there;
When pleasure seemed to fade on life's gay dawn,
And the last beam of hope was almost gone.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton

In news:

EAST PROVIDENCE — Kitty is a grey tiger stripe male available for adoption at East Providence Animal Control Center.
Leasing companies are becoming multi-mobility solution providers, rather then just providing vehicles to lease .
Microcontroller provider acquires Australia-based provider of development tools for embedded systems.
Mary Jo Foley provides a helpful guide on Microsoft's product name changes, and provides some insight on the company's method to the name madness.
You have provided the motor power, which is essential, but you failed to provide the rotational speed of the mixer which is necessary to calculate the mixer torque.
ESPN draft guru Todd McShay provided his first mock draft, which provides an early preview of what teams will be looking for next April.
Citing safety as the reason, dentists are fighting states' efforts to create mid-level dental providers who can provide care to underserved areas.
Providence Children's Museum 100 South St Providence.
Potsdam, NY, May 18, 2012 — Pet lovers will tell you that having a dog can provide a number of stress-busting benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and providing social support.
Michelle Malkin in her Oct 19 column asserts that Planned Parenthood is not a comprehensive health care provider for women because it does not provide mammograms.
The NMRT Membership Pavilion Committee provides support in the ALA Membership Pavilion , coordinating primarily with the Orientations Committee to provide information about NMRT membership and NMRT activities at ALA conferences.
PC Magazine provides up-to-date coverage and product reviews of Cell Phone Service Providers.
From Superstorm Sandy to the presidential elections, the past 30 days have provided a treasure-trove of insights that a solution provider can apply to their business today and help them prepare for tomorrow.
Firm That Provided Tainted Steroids Provided Tainted Meds in 2002, Man Died.
Providence is calling a Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator to Trauma Services at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, AK.

In science:

When a provider is added, D(t) users in the network are chosen at random, and rewired to the new provider.
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
Following DJS we have also provided the results of these treatments at the 1PN and 2PN orders Fig. 26 provides a summary of several results.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Linking Across Service Providers In OAI-PMH, several DPs may be harvested by many SPs, each providing different services for the same records.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
However, we provide below a direct proof of the equality Q(T (Q)) = Q for any quadrangulation Q, for this provides better understanding of the bijection.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
The SMC extinction curve provides a fit of quality similar to that obtained with the C model for GRB 010222 while it does not provide a good fit to GRB 000926.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows