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


provide for

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Phrasal Verbs
to give somebody 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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