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Provide appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes. (Only 5 words; 40 letters)
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Definition of the verb provide

What does provide mean as a doing word?

Provide is one of the top 50 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: provided | providing | provides

  1. give something useful or necessary to
    • example: We provided the room with an electrical heater
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - abstract or being] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown presented Jones with a plaque
      [Agent - abstract or being] [Verb] [Theme]Brown presented the plaque
      [Agent - abstract or being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - abstract or being] [Verb] for [Recipient]Hess provides for its customers
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of provide: furnish / render / supply
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific terms:
      • hydrate = supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance
      • charge = energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
      • date = provide with a dateline
      • feed = feed into
      • calk = provide with calks
      • fund = provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest
      • scant / skimp / stint = supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
      • terrasse / terrace = provide (a house) with a terrace
      • dado = provide with a dado
      • innervate = supply nerves to
      • offer = make available or accessible, provide or furnish
      • signalise / signalize = provide with traffic signals
      • extend / offer = make available
      • stock = provide or furnish with a stock of something
      • stock up / buy in / stock = amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
      • caption = provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing
      • tube = provide with a tube or insert a tube into
      • ticket = provide with a ticket for passage or admission
      • stock = supply with livestock
      • stock = supply with fish
      • rim = furnish with a rim
      • fret = provide (a musical instrument) with frets
      • step = furnish with steps
      • rail = provide with rails
      • grate = furnish with a grate
      • capitalise / capitalize = supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
      • alphabetize = provide with an alphabet
      • wharf = provide with a wharf
      • air-condition / air-cool = equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature
      • uniform = provide with uniforms
      • railroad = supply with railroad lines
      • partner = provide with a partner
      • bewhisker / whisker = furnish with whiskers
      • subtitle = supply (a movie) with subtitles
      • headline = provide (a newspaper page or a story) with a headline
      • match = provide funds complementary to
      • hobnail = supply with hobnails
      • wive = provide with a wife
      • victual = supply with food
      • surfeit / cloy = supply or feed to surfeit
      • heat = provide with heat
      • seat = provide with seats
      • seat = put a seat on a chair
      • ramp = furnish with a ramp
      • arm = supply with arms
      • interleave = provide (books) with blank leaves
      • glass / glaze = furnish with glass
      • crenellate / crenelate / crenel = supply with battlements
      • causeway = provide with a causeway
      • canalise / canalize / canal = provide (a city) with a canal
      • bush = provide with a bushing
      • brattice = supply with a brattice, to ventilate mines
      • furnish = provide or equip with furniture
      • slat = equip or bar with slats
      • berth = provide with a berth
      • bed = furnish with a bed
      • computerise / computerize = provide with computers
      • costume = furnish with costumes
      • bottom = provide with a bottom or a seat
      • rafter = provide (a ceiling) with rafters
      • tool = furnish with tools
      • key = provide with a key
      • fuel = provide with a combustible substance that provides energy
      • provision / purvey = supply with provisions
      • afford / yield / give = be the cause or source of
      • fit out / outfit / equip / fit = provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
      • transistorise / transistorize = equip (an electronic circuit or device) with transistors
      • upholster = provide furniture with padding, springs, webbing, and covers
      • cleat = provide with cleats
      • coal = supply with coal
      • corbel = furnish with a corbel
      • cornice = furnish with a cornice
      • constitutionalize = provide with a constitution, as of a country
      • copper-bottom = provide with a copper bottom
      • curtain = provide with drapery
      • gate = supply with a gate
      • index = provide with an index
      • articulate / joint = provide with a joint
      • pour = supply in large amounts or quantities
      • pump = supply in great quantities
      • fire / fuel = provide with fuel
      • oversupply / flood / glut = supply with an excess of
      • toggle = provide with a toggle or toggles
      • patch = provide with a patch
      • water = provide with water
      • leverage = provide with leverage
      • tap = furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
      • top out / top = provide with a top or finish the top
      • reflectorise / reflectorize = provide with reflectors, such as chemicals
      • retrofit = provide with parts, devices, or equipment not available or in use at the time of the original manufacture
      • border / edge = provide with a border or edge
      • machicolate = supply with projecting galleries
      • sanitate = provide with sanitary facilities or appliances
      • hat = furnish with a hat
      • theme = provide with a particular theme or motive
      • kern = furnish with a kern
      • headquarter = provide with headquarters
      • shelter = provide shelter for
  2. give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  3. determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
    • examples: The will provides that each child should receive half of the money | The Constitution provides for the right to free speech
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: condition / qualify / specify / stipulate = specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement
  4. mount or put up
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of provide: offer / put up
    • more generic words: engage / wage = carry on
  5. make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    • example: This procedure provides for lots of leeway
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of provide: allow / allow for / leave
    • more generic words: afford / give / yield = be the cause or source of
  6. supply means of subsistence; earn a living
    • example: He provides for his large family by working three jobs
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of provide: bring home the bacon
    • more generic word: support = support materially or financially
  7. take measures in preparation for
    • example: provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: fix / gear up / prepare / ready / set / set up = make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

Alternative definition of the verb provide


  1. To make a living; earn money for necessities.
  2. To act to prepare for something.
  3. To determine the form of some situations, by means of a stipulation or condition.
  4. To give what is needed or desired, especially basic needs.
  5. To furnish with, cause to be present.
  6. To make possible or attainable.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for provide

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Google previewValue Creation in E-Business Management (2009)

15th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2009, SIGeBIZ track, San Francisco, CA, USA, August 6-9, 2009, Selected Papers by Matthew L. Nelson, Michael J. Shaw, Troy J. Strader

Therefore, the service platform should provide means to detect violations of the integrity of the data, which leads to another requirement. Requirement 6: The service platform should provide means to detect any violations of the integrity of the ...

Google previewExecutive Documents, Annual Reports (1895)

by Ohio

iBQi—Provide means ior extin~ guishing fire on each floor, to consist of either stand-pipes and hose orsome recognized efiicient chemical extinguisher. Order complied with and certificate issued. No. ifl—Covington Street School Building ...

Google previewThe Ministry of the Missional Church (2007)

A Community Led by the Spirit by Craig Van Gelder

The rationale they might provide is that they are doing this to create more space for visitors as well as more bridges to connect with different people. The theological foundation they might provide is that they want to reach a more diverse ...

Google previewThe Provision of Cross-border Health Services for Wales (2009)

Fifth Report of Session 2008-09; Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence by Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Welsh Affairs Committee

hospitals you have spoken to and obviously the type of treatment that we provide means we are able to see inpatients...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nebraska (1999)

by Nancy Capace

the Legislature may provide for a different method of taxing motor vehicles and may ...

Google previewThe New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (2010)

Revised and Expanded Edition by Stanley M. Burgess, Eduard M. van der Maas

The main purpose, however, is to provide fellowship to those who are ministering in the “faith movement” (▸Positive Confession). In order to fulfill this goal, AFCM holds regular meetings and annual conventions. In recent years the AFCM has ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior (2008)

by Kenneth F. Warren

But this does not mean that machine politics, understood as using control of government to provide favors in exchange for political support, is disappearing. Machine politics has thrived at the same time that centralized political machines ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2007)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care, Second Edition by Eugenia L. Siegler, MD, FACP, Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN

NICOA's objectives are as follows: • enhance communications and cooperation with organizations that represent and advocate for Native American elders • provide information and technical assistance for Native American communities to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Kentucky (1999)

by Nancy Capace

General Assembly to provide for school system. The General Assembly shall, by appropriate legislation, provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the State. Local and special laws prohibited, Const. 59. Section 184.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Translation Technology (2014)

by Sin-Wai Chan

CAT is intended to provide suitable utilities with necessary language resources to assist human translation, aiming at maximizing the productivity of translation by means of combining the strengths of both sides. Translation has become an ...

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Usage statistics about provide

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb provide:

spoken English24.34%written English75.66% conversational speech7.97%task-oriented speech92.03% imaginative writing9.25%informational writing90.75%

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State brochure reminds doctors to provide sign language interpreters

State agencies created two educational brochures to remind health care providers of the legal obligation to provide qualified sign language interpreters.

Quotes about provide

Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way. (Noam Chomsky)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1V4I1D2E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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