- 1 [uncountable, countable, usually singular] the act of supplying someone with something that they need or want; something that is supplied housing provision The government is responsible for the provision of healthcare. There is no provision for anyone to sit down here. The provision of specialist teachers is being increased.
- 2 [uncountable, countable] preparations that you make for something that might or will happen in the future provision for somebody/something He had already made provisions for (= planned for the financial future of) his wife and children before the accident. You should make provision for things going wrong. The plans for developing the area include provision for both water and field sports. provision against something Small businesses are advised to make adequate provisions against bad debts.
- 3provisions [plural] supplies of food and drinks, especially for a long journey We have enough provisions to last us two weeks.
- 4[countable] a condition or an arrangement in a legal document Under the provisions of the lease, the tenant is responsible for repairs. see also provide