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.

Definitions of provide
  1. verb
    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
    alphabetise, 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, fringe
    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
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. verb
    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
    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
    alcoholise, 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
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  3. verb
    supply means of subsistence; earn a living
    “He provides for his large family by working three jobs”
    synonyms: bring home the bacon
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    support
    support materially or financially
  4. verb
    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”
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    condition, qualify, specify, stipulate
    specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  5. verb
    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
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    afford, give, yield
    be the cause or source of
  6. verb
    take measures in preparation for
    provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship”
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    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
  7. verb
    mount or put up
    synonyms: offer, put up
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    engage, wage
    carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
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