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UK [prəˈvaɪd] / US verb
Word forms "provide":
present tense I/you/we/they provide he/she/it provides present participle providing past tense provided past participle provided
Get it right: provide:
When provide means "to give someone something they need", use the pattern provide someone with something (not "provide someone something"):
Wrong: Television provides us a convenient way to get the latest information.
Right: Television provides us with a convenient way to get the latest information.
Wrong: She had enough money to provide him a basic school education.
Right: She had enough money to provide him with a basic school education.
1) [transitive] to give someone something that they want or need

Our office can provide information on the local area.

A taxi service from the airport will be provided.

provide someone with something:

The lecture provided him with an opportunity to meet one of his heroes.

provide something for someone:

The hotel provides a playroom for children.

provide something to someone:

We provide legal advice and services to our clients.

2) [transitive] to cause something to exist or be available

The exercise provides an opportunity for different departments to work together.

The film provides new insights into the problems that women in the industry face.

3) [intransitive/transitive] legal to contain statements or plans that set conditions for dealing with a particular issue
provide for:

The treaty provides for the immediate withdrawal of troops from the area.

provide that:

Their contracts provide that they will be paid on the last day of the month.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • provide — pro‧vide [prəˈvaɪd] verb [transitive] 1. to give someone what they need, or to make sure they get it: • The World Bank is providing funding for the project. provide somebody with something • Our computerised information service can provide busy… …   Financial and business terms

  • provide — provide, supply, furnish mean to give or to get what is desired by or needed for someone or something. The words are often used interchangeably without seeming loss {provide what is needed for an army} {supply daily rations of food} {furnish… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Provide — Pro*vide , 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Provide — Pro*vide , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Provided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Providing}.] [L. providere, provisum; pro before + videre to see. See {Vision}, and cf. {Prudent}, {Purvey}.] 1. To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provide — ► VERB 1) make available for use; supply. 2) (provide with) equip or supply (someone) with. 3) (provide for) make adequate preparation or arrangements for. 4) stipulate in a will or other legal document. DERIVATIVES provider …   English terms dictionary

  • provide — I (arrange for) verb anticipate needs, appoint, care for, consulere, contract, direct, engage, get ready, look after, make allowance for, make preparations, make provision, make ready, manage, organize, pave the way, plan, prepare, providere,… …   Law dictionary

  • provide — [v1] supply, support accommodate, add, administer, afford, arrange, bestow, bring, care, cater, contribute, dispense, equip, favor, feather*, feed, fit, fit out, fix up, fix up with, furnish, give, grant, hand over, heel*, impart, implement,… …   New thesaurus

  • provide — (v.) early 15c., from L. providere look ahead, prepare, supply, from pro ahead (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + videre to see (see VISION (Cf. vision)). Related: Provided; providing …   Etymology dictionary

  • provide — [prə vīd′, prōvīd′] vt. provided, providing [ME providen < L providere < pro , PRO 2 + videre, to see: see VISION] 1. Now Rare to get ready beforehand 2. to make available; supply 3. to supply (someone) with something …   English World dictionary

  • provide — pro|vide W1S1 [prəˈvaıd] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: providere to see ahead, provide , from videre to see ] 1.) to give something to someone or make it available to them, because they need it or want it →↑provision ▪ Tea and biscuits …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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