provide

To provide means to give or supply. When you stay in a bed and breakfast, the innkeeper will generally provide you with a meal in the morning as part of the price of the room.

The verb provide generally means to make available or even to allow. The Constitution, for example, provides for protected freedom of speech. But you've probably also heard people talking about getting a job to provide for their family — in that case, to provide means to make money to pay for food and bills, or in other words, bring home the bacon.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: provide

1
v
give something useful or necessary to
2
v
determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
3
v
mount or put up
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: provide
1

v give something useful or necessary to

“We provided the room with an electrical heater”
Synonyms:
furnish, render, supply
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hydrate
supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance
charge
energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
date
provide with a dateline; mark with a date
feed
feed into; supply
calk
provide with calks
fund
provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest
scant, skimp, stint
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
terrace, terrasse
provide (a house) with a terrace
dado
provide with a dado
innervate
supply nerves to (some organ or body part)
offer
make available or accessible, provide or furnish
signalise, signalize
provide with traffic signals
extend, offer
make available; provide
stock
provide or furnish with a stock of something
buy in, stock, stock up
amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
caption
provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing
tube
provide with a tube or insert a tube into
ticket
provide with a ticket for passage or admission
stock
supply with livestock
stock
supply with fish
rim
furnish with a rim
fret
provide (a musical instrument) with frets
step
furnish with steps
rail
provide with rails
grate
furnish with a grate
capitalise, capitalize
supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
alphabetize
provide with an alphabet
wharf
provide with a wharf
air-condition, air-cool
equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature
uniform
provide with uniforms
railroad
supply with railroad lines
partner
provide with a partner
bewhisker, whisker
furnish with whiskers
subtitle
supply (a movie) with subtitles
headline
provide (a newspaper page or a story) with a headline
match
provide funds complementary to
hobnail
supply with hobnails
wive
provide with a wife; marry (someone) to a wife
victual
supply with food
cloy, surfeit
supply or feed to surfeit
heat
provide with heat
seat
provide with seats
seat
put a seat on a chair
ramp
furnish with a ramp
arm
supply with arms
interleave
provide (books) with blank leaves
glass, glaze
furnish with glass
crenel, crenelate, crenellate
supply with battlements
causeway
provide with a causeway
canal, canalise, canalize
provide (a city) with a canal
bush
provide with a bushing
brattice
supply with a brattice, to ventilate mines
furnish
provide or equip with furniture
slat
equip or bar with slats
berth
provide with a berth
bed
furnish with a bed
computerise, computerize
provide with computers
costume
furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
bottom
provide with a bottom or a seat
rafter
provide (a ceiling) with rafters
tool
furnish with tools
key
provide with a key
fuel
provide with a combustible substance that provides energy
provision, purvey
supply with provisions
afford, give, yield
be the cause or source of
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
transistorise, transistorize
equip (an electronic circuit or device) with transistors
upholster
provide furniture with padding, springs, webbing, and covers
cleat
provide with cleats
coal
supply with coal
corbel
furnish with a corbel
cornice
furnish with a cornice
constitutionalize
provide with a constitution, as of a country
copper-bottom
provide with a copper bottom
curtain
provide with drapery
gate
supply with a gate
index
provide with an index
articulate, joint
provide with a joint
pour
supply in large amounts or quantities
pump
supply in great quantities
fire, fuel
provide with fuel
flood, glut, oversupply
supply with an excess of
toggle
provide with a toggle or toggles
patch
provide with a patch; also used metaphorically
water
provide with water
leverage
provide with leverage
tap
furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
top, top out
provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
reflectorise, reflectorize
provide with reflectors, such as chemicals
retrofit
provide with parts, devices, or equipment not available or in use at the time of the original manufacture
border, edge
provide with a border or edge
machicolate
supply with projecting galleries
sanitate
provide with sanitary facilities or appliances
hat
furnish with a hat
theme
provide with a particular theme or motive
kern
furnish with a kern
headquarter
provide with headquarters
shelter
provide shelter for
rig, set, set up
equip with sails or masts
mechanise, mechanize, motorise, motorize
equip with armed and armored motor vehicles
recharge
charge anew
open, open up
make available
date-mark, dateline, datemark
mark with a date and place
date, date stamp
stamp with a date
accost, hook, solicit
approach with an offer of sexual favors
fuse
equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse
collar
furnish with a collar
spur
equip with spurs
fin
equip (a car) with fins
motorize
equip with a motor
motorize
equip with a motor vehicle
plant
place into a river
restock
stock again
overstock
stock excessively
understock
stock with less than the usual or desirable number or quantity
stock
equip with a stock
steam-heat
heat by means of steam
reseat
provide with new seats
reseat
provide with a new seat
munition
supply with weapons
rearm
arm again
double-glaze
provide with two sheets of glass
refurnish
furnish with new or different furniture
bunk
provide with a bunk
gas up
fill with gasoline
refuel
provide with additional fuel, as of aircraft, ships, and cars
bunker
fill (a ship's bunker) with coal or oil
horseshoe
equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes
turn out
outfit or equip, as with accessories
instrument
equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
muzzle
fit with a muzzle
kit, kit out, kit up
supply with a set of articles or tools
appoint
furnish
re-equip, rejig
re-equip a factory or plant
refit
fit out again
armor, armour
equip with armor
accouter, accoutre
provide with military equipment
wire
provide with electrical circuits
shaft
equip with a shaft
spar
furnish with spars
stave
furnish with staves
adorn, clothe, invest
furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
domiciliate, house, put up
provide housing for
kennel
put up in a kennel
stable
shelter in a stable
stall
put into, or keep in, a stall
commission
put into commission; equip for service; of ships
harbor, harbour
secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
allow, allow for, leave
make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

“The hostess provided lunch for all the guests”
Synonyms:
cater, ply, supply
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staff
provide with staff
drench
force to drink
regale, treat
provide with choice or abundant food or drink
board
provide food and lodging (for)
feed, give
give food to
feed
serve as food for; be the food for
dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up
provide (usually but not necessarily food)
cater
supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
pander, pimp, procure
arrange for sexual partners for others
help, serve
help to some food; help with food or drink
power
supply the force or power for the functioning of
feed
provide as food
gratify, indulge, pander
yield (to); give satisfaction to
underlay
provide with a base, support, lining, or backing
fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
fill or meet a want or need
horse
provide with a horse or horses
shower
provide abundantly with
accommodate
provide with something desired or needed
nourish, nurture, sustain
provide with nourishment
fix up
find (something or someone) for
gutter
provide with gutters
humor, humour
put into a good mood
man
provide with workers
dine
give dinner to; host for dinner
wine
treat to wine
alcoholize
subject to the influence of alcohol
live in, sleep in
live in the house where one works
scavenge
feed on carrion or refuse
fodder
give fodder (to domesticated animals)
slop, swill
feed pigs
regurgitate
feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food
corn
feed (cattle) with corn
malnourish, undernourish
provide with insufficient quality or quantity of nourishment
overfeed
feed excessively
spoonfeed
feed with a spoon
force-feed
feed someone who will not or cannot eat
plank
cook and serve on a plank
drive
cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
feast, feed
gratify
spree
engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
answer
be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
remount
provide with fresh horses
lunch
provide a midday meal for
breakfast
provide breakfast for
breastfeed, give suck, lactate, nurse, suck, suckle, wet-nurse
give suck to
bottlefeed
feed (infants) with a bottle
sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats
live promiscuously and self-indulgently
appease, quell, stay
overcome or allay
inject
feed intravenously
carry
be able to feed
feed on, feed upon
be sustained by
allay, assuage, quench, slake
satisfy (thirst)
aliment, nourish, nutrify
give nourishment to
range
let eat
crop, graze, pasture
let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v supply means of subsistence; earn a living

“He provides for his large family by working three jobs”
Synonyms:
bring home the bacon
Type of:
support
support materially or financially
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v determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation

“The will provides that each child should receive half of the money”
“The Constitution provides for the right to free speech”
Type of:
condition, qualify, specify, stipulate
specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

v make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

“This procedure provides for lots of leeway”
Synonyms:
allow, allow for, leave
admit, allow
afford possibility
Type of:
afford, give, yield
be the cause or source of

v take measures in preparation for

provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship”
Type of:
fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
3

v mount or put up

Synonyms:
offer, put up
Type of:
engage, wage
carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
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