A provider is a person who gives someone something they need. If your parents both have jobs so they can feed you and buy you what you need, you can call them providers.

Your mom's a provider if she works so she can care for you, put food on the table, and send you to school. There are other types of providers as well, although they all give you something you need, often a service. Your school is a provider of education, and the pharmacy around the corner is a provider of medication, makeup, and magazines. It's increasingly common to call your main doctor a "primary care provider."

Definitions of provider
  1. noun
    someone who provides the means for subsistence
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    type of:
    benefactor, helper
    a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
  2. noun
    someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity
    synonyms: supplier
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    black marketeer
    someone who engages illegally in trade in scarce or controlled commodities
    someone who provides food and service (as for a party)
    a supplier (especially of narcotics)
    a person who dispenses
    distributer, distributor
    someone who markets merchandise
    someone who supplies provisions (especially food)
    someone who supplies members or employees
    one (as a retailer or distributor) that stocks goods
    provisioner, sutler, victualer, victualler
    a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army
    a recruiter of personnel (especially for corporations)
    jobber, middleman, wholesaler
    someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers
    retail merchant, retailer
    a merchant who sells goods at retail
    scout, talent scout
    someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports)
    ship chandler
    a dealer in equipment and supplies for ships
    wool stapler
    a dealer in wool
    type of:
    bourgeois, businessperson
    a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
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