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Overview of verb provide

The verb provide has 7 senses? (first 4 from tagged texts)
1. (270) supply, provide, render, furnish

(give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater")

2. (25) provide, supply, ply, cater

(give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests")

3. (14) provide

(determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation; "The will provides that each child should receive half of the money"; "The Constitution provides for the right to free speech")

4. (2) put up, provide, offer

(mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance")

5. leave, allow for, allow, provide

(make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedure provides for lots of leeway")

6. provide, bring home the bacon

(supply means of subsistence; earn a living; "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")

7. provide

(take measures in preparation for; "provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship") © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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