provide


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 make ready for future use; to prepare.
      "Provide us all things necessary." --Shak.
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   2. To supply; to afford; to contribute.
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            Bring me berries, or such cooling fruit
            As the kind, hospitable woods provide. --Milton.
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   3. To furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by
      with. "And yet provided him of but one." --Jer. Taylor.
      "Rome . . . was well provided with corn." --Arbuthnot.
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   4. To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as,
      the contract provides that the work be well done.
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   5. To foresee.

   Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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   6. To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is
      vacant. See Provisor. --Prescott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 weather; to provide for the education of a child.
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            Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to
            provide for human wants.              --Burke.
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   2. To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement
      provides for an early completion of the work.
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