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provide

verb uk   /prəˈvaɪd/ us  

provide verb (SUPPLY)

B1 [T] to give someone something that they need: This booklet provides useful information about local services. All meals are provided throughout the course. The author provides no documentary references to support her assertions. We have concerns about whether the government will be able to provide viable social services for poorer families/provide poorer families with viable social services. Putting more police on patrol doesn't provide a real solution to the problem of increasing violence.

provide verb (LAW)

[+ that] formal (of a law or decision) to say that something must happen if particular conditions exist: Section 17 provides that all decisions must be circulated in writing.
(Definition of provide from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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