A provision is a store or supply of something, like food or clothing. This noun can also describe the planning you do for "when something happens."

We often use this word when we talk about outdoor activities like hiking or camping, or when we talk about outfitting an army in the field, but it basically means "supply." And since provision comes from the Latin word that means to "attend to," you can pretty much guess what the verb form of this word describes: the act of supplying someone else with provisions. In a legal or contractual sense, a provision is a stipulated condition or proviso.

Definitions of provision
  1. noun
    the activity of supplying or providing something
    synonyms: supply, supplying
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    supplying dry land with water by means of ditches etc
    alimentation, feeding
    the act of supplying food and nourishment
    fueling, refueling
    the activity of supplying or taking on fuel
    care delivery, health care delivery, healthcare delivery
    the provision of health care
    issuance, issue, issuing
    the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)
    handling an operation that involves providing labor and materials be supplied as needed
    the act of supplying something
    the activity of supplying a stock of something
    the act or process of providing aid or help of any sort
    lactation, suckling
    feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
    infant feeding
    feeding an infant
    forced feeding, gavage
    feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat
    IV, intravenous feeding
    administration of nutrients through a vein
    excessive feeding
    feeding someone (as a baby) from a spoon
    TPN, hyperalimentation, total parenteral nutrition
    administration of a nutritionally adequate solution through a catheter into the vena cava; used in cases of long-term coma or severe burns or severe gastrointestinal syndromes
    stock issue
    (corporation law) the authorization and delivery of shares of stock for sale to the public or the shares thus offered at a particular time
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    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    a store or supply of something (especially of food or clothing or arms)
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    fund, stock, store
    a supply of something available for future use
  3. noun
    a stipulated condition
    “he accepted subject to one provision
    synonyms: proviso
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    condition, precondition, stipulation
    an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
  4. noun
    the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
    synonyms: planning, preparation
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    agreement, arrangement
    the thing arranged or agreed to
    the planning that is disrupted when someone `upsets the applecart'
    malice aforethought, mens rea
    (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
    calculation, deliberation
    planning something carefully and intentionally
    forethought, premeditation
    planning or plotting in advance of acting
    secret agreement
    something arranged in advance
    (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
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    cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process
    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  5. verb
    supply with provisions
    synonyms: purvey
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
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