Definition of provide verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    provide

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈvaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈvaɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they provide
    BrE BrE//prəˈvaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈvaɪd//
     
    he / she / it provides
    BrE BrE//prəˈvaɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈvaɪdz//
     
    past simple provided
    BrE BrE//prəˈvaɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈvaɪdɪd//
     
    past participle provided
    BrE BrE//prəˈvaɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈvaɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form providing
    BrE BrE//prəˈvaɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈvaɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to give something to somebody 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. provide something to somebody The charity aims to provide assistance to people in need.
  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. Word Origin late Middle English (also in the sense ‘prepare to do, get ready’): from Latin providere ‘foresee, attend to’, from pro- ‘before’ + videre ‘to see’.Extra examples He provided us with a lot of useful information. The agency provides legal services to farmers. The grants were intended to provide financial help to unemployed workers. The organization provides food and shelter for refugees. We try to provide the best possible medical care. a buffet dinner, kindly provided by club members Phrasal Verbsprovide against somethingprovide for somebodyprovide for something
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