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English definition of “provide”

provide

verb [T]     /prəʊˈvaɪd/ US   /prəˈvaɪd/
to give something to a person , company , or organization , or to make it available for them to use: The government has pledged to provide over $1 billion in refinancing.provide sb with sth Customers , suppliers , and contractors will be provided with the specialist training they need to work on the project .provide sth for sb/sth The enhanced cashflow will also provide funds for expansion into television .provide sth to sb Our digital imaging centre provides a 3D scanning service to a wide range of customers in Europe , the Middle East , and Africa .be provided by sb/sth According to Census data provided by the state Department of Labor and Industry , Hispanic workers constitute about 3% of the work force .
to produce something useful that can be used as part of a process or activity : A well-established management process should provide a framework for the integration of all business units and operations . It is hoped that the proposed 10-day sales-tax holiday will provide a boost to retail sales . provide an opportunity / advantage / basis
provided that if, or only if: ILO conventions allow schoolchildren to work during their holidays and free time provided that strict safety measures are taken.
provide that LAW a law or rule that provides that something must happen states officially that it must happen : Rule 222-2 provides that all notices of shareholder meetings shall be sent to shareholders not less than seven days before the date of the meeting .
(Definition of provide verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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