Meaning of provide

provide




To provide means to give or supply. When you stay in a bed and breakfast, the innkeeper will generally provide you with a meal in the morning as part of the price of the room.

The verb provide generally means to make available or even to allow. The Constitution, for example, provides for protected freedom of speech. But you’ve probably also heard people talking about getting a job to provide for their family — in that case, to provide means to make money to pay for food and bills, or in other words, bring home the bacon.

Definitions of provide
  1. verb

    give something useful or necessary to

    “We
    provided the room with an electrical heater”
    synonyms:

    furnish, render, supply

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    hydrate

    supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance
    charge

    energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
    date

    provide with a dateline; mark with a date
    feed

    feed into; supply
    calk

    provide with calks
    fund

    provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest
    scant, skimp, stint

    supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
    terrace, terrasse

    provide (a house) with a terrace
    dado

    provide with a dado
    innervate

    supply nerves to (some organ or body part)
    offer

    make available or accessible, provide or furnish
    signalise, signalize

    provide with traffic signals
    extend, offer

    make available; provide
    stock

    provide or furnish with a stock of something
    buy in, stock, stock up

    amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
    caption

    provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing
    tube

    provide with a tube or insert a tube into
    ticket

    provide with a ticket for passage or admission
    stock

    supply with livestock
    stock

    supply with fish
    rim

    furnish with a rim
    fret

    provide (a musical instrument) with frets
    step

    furnish with steps
    rail

    provide with rails
    grate

    furnish with a grate
    capitalise, capitalize

    supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
    alphabetize

    provide with an alphabet
    wharf

    provide with a wharf
    air-condition, air-cool

    equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature
    uniform

    provide with uniforms
    railroad

    supply with railroad lines
    partner

    provide with a partner
    bewhisker, whisker

    furnish with whiskers
    subtitle

    supply (a movie) with subtitles
    headline

    provide (a newspaper page or a story) with a headline
    match

    provide funds complementary to
    hobnail

    supply with hobnails
    wive

    provide with a wife; marry (someone) to a wife
    victual

    supply with food
    cloy, surfeit

    supply or feed to surfeit
    heat

    provide with heat
    seat

    provide with seats
    seat

    put a seat on a chair
    ramp

    furnish with a ramp
    arm

    supply with arms
    interleave

    provide (books) with blank leaves
    glass, glaze

    furnish with glass
    crenel, crenelate, crenellate

    supply with battlements
    causeway

    provide with a causeway
    canal, canalise, canalize

    provide (a city) with a canal
    bush

    provide with a bushing
    brattice

    supply with a brattice, to ventilate mines
    furnish

    provide or equip with furniture
    slat

    equip or bar with slats
    berth

    provide with a berth
    bed

    furnish with a bed
    computerise, computerize

    provide with computers
    costume

    furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
    bottom

    provide with a bottom or a seat
    rafter

    provide (a ceiling) with rafters
    tool

    furnish with tools
    key

    provide with a key
    fuel

    provide with a combustible substance that provides energy
    provision, purvey

    supply with provisions
    afford, give, yield

    be the cause or source of
    equip, fit, fit out, outfit

    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
    transistorise, transistorize

    equip (an electronic circuit or device) with transistors
    upholster

    provide furniture with padding, springs, webbing, and covers
    cleat

    provide with cleats
    coal

    supply with coal
    corbel

    furnish with a corbel
    cornice

    furnish with a cornice
    constitutionalize

    provide with a constitution, as of a country
    copper-bottom

    provide with a copper bottom
    curtain

    provide with drapery
    gate

    supply with a gate
    index

    provide with an index
    articulate, joint

    provide with a joint
    pour

    supply in large amounts or quantities
    pump

    supply in great quantities
    fire, fuel

    provide with fuel
    flood, glut, oversupply

    supply with an excess of
    toggle

    provide with a toggle or toggles
    patch

    provide with a patch; also used metaphorically
    water

    provide with water
    leverage

    provide with leverage
    tap

    furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
    top, top out

    provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
    reflectorise, reflectorize

    provide with reflectors, such as chemicals
    retrofit

    provide with parts, devices, or equipment not available or in use at the time of the original manufacture
    border, edge

    provide with a border or edge
    machicolate

    supply with projecting galleries
    sanitate

    provide with sanitary facilities or appliances
    hat

    furnish with a hat
    theme

    provide with a particular theme or motive
    kern

    furnish with a kern
    headquarter

    provide with headquarters
    shelter

    provide shelter for
    rig, set, set up

    equip with sails or masts
    mechanise, mechanize, motorise, motorize

    equip with armed and armored motor vehicles
    recharge

    charge anew
    open, open up

    make available
    date-mark, dateline, datemark

    mark with a date and place
    date, date stamp

    stamp with a date
    accost, hook, solicit

    approach with an offer of sexual favors
    fuse

    equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse
    collar

    furnish with a collar
    spur

    equip with spurs
    fin

    equip (a car) with fins
    motorize

    equip with a motor
    motorize

    equip with a motor vehicle
    plant

    place into a river
    restock

    stock again
    overstock

    stock excessively
    understock

    stock with less than the usual or desirable number or quantity
    stock

    equip with a stock
    steam-heat

    heat by means of steam
    reseat

    provide with new seats
    reseat

    provide with a new seat
    munition

    supply with weapons
    rearm

    arm again
    double-glaze

    provide with two sheets of glass
    refurnish

    furnish with new or different furniture
    bunk

    provide with a bunk
    gas up

    fill with gasoline
    refuel

    provide with additional fuel, as of aircraft, ships, and cars
    bunker

    fill (a ship’s bunker) with coal or oil
    horseshoe

    equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes
    turn out

    outfit or equip, as with accessories
    instrument

    equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
    muzzle

    fit with a muzzle
    kit, kit out, kit up

    supply with a set of articles or tools
    appoint

    furnish
    re-equip, rejig

    re-equip a factory or plant
    refit

    fit out again
    armor, armour

    equip with armor
    accouter, accoutre

    provide with military equipment
    wire

    provide with electrical circuits
    shaft

    equip with a shaft
    spar

    furnish with spars
    stave

    furnish with staves
    adorn, clothe, invest

    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
    domiciliate, house, put up

    provide housing for
    kennel

    put up in a kennel
    stable

    shelter in a stable
    stall

    put into, or keep in, a stall
    commission

    put into commission; equip for service; of ships
    harbor, harbour

    secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
    allow, allow for, leave

    make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
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    give

    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

  2. verb

    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

    “The hostess
    provided lunch for all the guests”
    synonyms:

    cater, ply, supply

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    staff

    provide with staff
    drench

    force to drink
    regale, treat

    provide with choice or abundant food or drink
    board

    provide food and lodging (for)
    feed, give

    give food to
    feed

    serve as food for; be the food for
    dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up

    provide (usually but not necessarily food)
    cater

    supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
    help, serve

    help to some food; help with food or drink
    power

    supply the force or power for the functioning of
    feed

    provide as food
    gratify, indulge, pander

    yield (to); give satisfaction to
    underlay

    provide with a base, support, lining, or backing
    fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy

    fill or meet a want or need
    horse

    provide with a horse or horses
    shower

    provide abundantly with
    accommodate

    provide with something desired or needed
    nourish, nurture, sustain

    provide with nourishment
    fix up

    find (something or someone) for
    gutter

    provide with gutters
    humor, humour

    put into a good mood
    man

    provide with workers
    dine

    give dinner to; host for dinner
    wine

    treat to wine
    alcoholize

    subject to the influence of alcohol
    live in, sleep in

    live in the house where one works
    scavenge

    feed on carrion or refuse
    fodder

    give fodder (to domesticated animals)
    slop, swill

    feed pigs
    regurgitate

    feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food
    corn

    feed (cattle) with corn
    malnourish, undernourish

    provide with insufficient quality or quantity of nourishment
    overfeed

    feed excessively
    spoonfeed

    feed with a spoon
    force-feed

    feed someone who will not or cannot eat
    plank

    cook and serve on a plank
    drive

    cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
    feast, feed

    gratify
    spree

    engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
    answer

    be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
    remount

    provide with fresh horses
    lunch

    provide a midday meal for
    breakfast

    provide breakfast for
    breastfeed, give suck, lactate, nurse, suck, suckle, wet-nurse

    give suck to
    bottlefeed

    feed (infants) with a bottle
    sow one’s oats, sow one’s wild oats

    live promiscuously and self-indulgently
    appease, quell, stay

    overcome or allay
    inject

    feed intravenously
    carry

    be able to feed
    feed on, feed upon

    be sustained by
    allay, assuage, quench, slake

    satisfy (thirst)
    aliment, nourish, nutrify

    give nourishment to
    range

    let eat
    crop, graze, pasture

    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
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    give

    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

  3. verb

    supply means of subsistence; earn a living

    “He
    provides for his large family by working three jobs”
    synonyms:

    bring home the bacon

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    support

    support materially or financially

  4. verb

    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”
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    condition, qualify, specify, stipulate

    specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

  5. verb

    make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

    “This procedure
    provides for lots of leeway”
    synonyms:

    allow, allow for, leave

    admit, allow

    afford possibility
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    afford, give, yield

    be the cause or source of

  6. verb

    take measures in preparation for

    provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship”
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    type of:

    fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up

    make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

  7. verb

    mount or put up

    synonyms:

    offer, put up

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    engage, wage

    carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

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