Definition of provide for phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

provide for

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

provide for somebody

 
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to give someone the things that they need to live, such as food, money, and clothing She has three children to provide for. He didn't provide for them in his will (= did not leave them any money).

    provide for something

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  1. 1to make preparations to deal with something that might happen in the future The original system did not provide for this sudden increase in demand.
  2. 2(of a law, rule, etc.) to make it possible for something to be done The legislation provides for the detention of suspected terrorists for up to seven days.
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