provide
verb (provided; providing) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin providēre, literally, to see ahead, from pro- forward + vidēre to see — more at pro-, wit Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to take precautionary measures <
provide for the common defense — U.S. Constitution
>
2. to make a proviso or stipulation <
the Constitution…provides for an elected two-chamber legislature — Current Biography
>
3. to make preparation to meet a need <
provide for entertainment
>
; especially to supply something for sustenance or support <
provides for the poor
>
transitive verb 1. archaic to prepare in advance 2. a. to supply or make available (something wanted or needed) <
provided new uniforms for the band
>
; also afford <
curtains provide privacy
>
b. to make something available to <
provide the children with free balloons
>
3. to have as a condition ; stipulate <
the contract provides that certain deadlines will be met
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Provide — Pro*vide , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Provided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Providing}.] [L. providere, provisum; pro before + videre to see. See {Vision}, and cf. {Prudent}, {Purvey}.] 1. To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • provide — (v.) early 15c., from L. providere look ahead, prepare, supply, from pro ahead (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + videre to see (see VISION (Cf. vision)). Related: Provided; providing …   Etymology dictionary

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  • provide */*/*/ — UK [prəˈvaɪd] / US verb Word forms provide : present tense I/you/we/they provide he/she/it provides present participle providing past tense provided past participle provided Get it right: provide: When provide means to give someone something they …   English dictionary

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