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Definition of provide verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they provide
    he / she / it provides
    past simple provided
    -ing form providing
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  1. 1to give something to someone or make it available for them to use synonym supply provide something The hospital has a commitment to provide the best possible medical care. The report was not expected to provide any answers. Please answer questions in the space provided. provide something for somebody We are here to provide a service for the public. provide somebody with something We are here to provide the public with a service.
  2. 2provide that… (formal) (of a law or rule) to state that something will or must happen synonym stipulate The final section provides that any work produced for the company is thereafter owned by the company. see also provision
  3. Phrasal Verbsprovide against somethingprovide for somebodyprovide for something
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