1. [ verb ] provide or furnish with
Synonyms: supply furnish render

"We provided the room with an electrical heater" "render assistance"

Related terms: give yield offer match equip extend feed furnish fuel water shelter partner surfeit arm upholster patch subtitle joint pour provision caption causeway stint bewhisker slat terrace date berth border costume glass crenel computerize canal bush brattice wharf railroad tap bed headline machicolate rafter bottom tool key wive hobnail innervate hydrate fret copper-bottom victual theme calk charge uniform cleat coal corbel seat heat pump fuel flood toggle signalize constitutionalize leverage fund rail grate capitalise alphabetize cornice air-condition copperbottom transistorize curtain top reflectorize retrofit ramp seat transistorise reflectorise index sanitate dado tube ticket stock stock rim gate step interleave hat stock stock supply provision supplier
2. [ verb ] provide what is desired or needed, esp. support, food or sustenance
Synonyms: cater supply ply

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

Related terms: give feed meet serve serve feed fix_up staff nourish accommodate power gratify feed regale shower pander cater underlay gutter board drench horse provision caterer provider
3. [ verb ] determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), esp. by including a proviso condition

"The will provides that each child should receive half of the money"

Related terms: stipulate provision
4. [ verb ] (military) mount or put up
Synonyms: put_up offer

"put up a good fight" "offer resistance"

Related terms: engage
5. [ verb ] supply means of subsistence; earn a living
Synonyms: bring_home_the_bacon

"He provides for his large family by working three jobs" "Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon"

Related terms: support provision
6. [ verb ] make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
Synonyms: leave provide_for allow_for allow

"This leaves no room for improvement" "The evidence allows only one conclusion" "allow for mistakes" "leave lots of time for the trip"

Related terms: yield admit
7. [ verb ] take measures in preparation for

"provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship"

Related terms: prepare
Similar spelling:   provider