Definition of providence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprɒvɪdəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːvɪdəns//
(also Providence) [uncountable] (formal) Religious people, Types of belief
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  • God, or a force that some people believe controls our lives and the things that happen to us, usually in a way that protects us synonym fate to trust in divine providence She believed her suffering was sent by providence. See related entries: Religious people, Types of belief
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin providentia, from providere ‘foresee, attend to’, from pro- ‘before’ + videre ‘to see’.Idioms to do something too confidently in a way that might mean that your good luck will come to an end She felt it would be tempting fate to try the difficult climb a second time.
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