Provide

Definition of Provide

Pro`vide´
v. t.1.To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare.
[imp. & p. p. Provided; p. pr. & vb. n. Providing.]
2.To supply; to afford; to contribute.
Bring me berries, or such cooling fruit
As the kind, hospitable woods provide.
- Milton.
3.To furnish; to supply; - formerly followed by of, now by with.
4.To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done.
5.To foresee.
6.To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor.
v. i.1.To procure supplies or means in advance; to take measures beforehand in view of an expected or a possible future need, especially a danger or an evil; - followed by against or for; as, to provide against the inclemency of the weather; to provide for the education of a child.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.
- Burke.
2.To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.

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