Definitions of provide

  1. To procure supplies or means of defence; to take precautionary measures.
  2. To make, procure, or furnish for future use; supply; stipulate.
  3. To make ready beforehand: to prepare: to supply.
  4. To prepare beforehand; supply.
  5. To procure supplies; make preparations: with for or against.
  6. To procure supplies or means of defence: to take measures: to bargain previously.
  7. To take measures beforehand.
  8. determine ( what is to happen in certain contingencies), esp. by including a proviso condition; " The will provides that each child should receive half of the money"
  9. take measures in preparation for; " provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship"
  10. 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"
  11. 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".
  12. To supply with anything necessary, useful, or appropriate; to provide; to equip; to fit out, or fit up; to adorn; as, to furnish a family with provisions; to furnish one with arms for defense; to furnish a Cable; to furnish the mind with ideas; to furnish one with knowledge or principles; to furnish an expedition or enterprise, a room or a house.
  13. To foresee.
  14. To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare.
  15. To supply; to afford; to contribute.
  16. To furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by with.
  17. To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done.
  18. To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor.
  19. 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.
  20. To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.
  21. To procure beforehand; to prepare; to furnish; to stipulate previously.
  22. To collect or get ready for future use; to prepare; to make a previous conditional stipulation; to take measures to counteract or escape an evil.