provide Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “provide” in the English Dictionary

"provide" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /prəˈvaɪd/

provide verb (SUPPLY)

B1 [T] to give someone something that they need: This ​booklet provides ​usefulinformation about ​localservices. All ​meals are provided at no ​additionalcost. The ​author provides no ​documentaryreferences to ​support her ​assertions. We have ​concerns about whether the ​government will be ​able to provide ​viablesocialservices forpoorerfamilies/provide ​poorerfamilies withviablesocialservices. Putting more ​police on ​patrol doesn't provide a ​realsolution to the ​problem of ​increasingviolence.
More examples

provide verb (LAW)

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

"provide" in American English

See all translations


 us   /prəˈvɑɪd/

provide verb (GIVE)

[T] to give something that is ​needed or ​wanted to someone: The ​company provides ​medicalbenefits to all employees. I can provide you with ​directions to ​theirhouse.

provide verb (STATE)

(of a ​law or ​contract) to ​state that something must ​happen or be done: [I] The new ​statute provides for ​lifeimprisonment without ​parole. [+ that clause] Many ​loanagreements provide that the ​interestrate will ​change.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of provide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"provide" in Business English

See all translations

provideverb [T]

uk   /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 ​specialisttraining 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 ​digitalimagingcentre provides a 3D ​scanningservice to a wide ​range of ​customers in ​Europe, the Middle East, and provided by sb/sth According to Census ​data provided by the ​state Department of Labor and Industry, Hispanic ​workersconstitute about 3% of the ​workforce.
to ​produce something useful that can be used as ​part of a ​process or ​activity: A well-established ​managementprocess should provide a ​framework for the ​integration of all ​businessunits and ​operations. It is hoped that the ​proposed 10-day sales-tax ​holiday will provide a ​boost to ​retailsales. provide an ​opportunity/​advantage/​basis
provided that if, or only if: ILO ​conventionsallow schoolchildren to ​work during their ​holidays and ​freetime provided that strict ​safetymeasures are taken.
provide that LAW a ​law or ​rule that provides that something must ​happenstatesofficially that it must ​happen: Rule 222-2 provides that all ​notices of ​shareholdermeetings shall be ​sent to ​shareholders not less than seven days before the ​date of the ​meeting.
(Definition of provide from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of provide?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“provide” in British English

“provide” in American English

“provide” in Business English

Word of the Day

all or nothing

relates to doing something either completely or not at all

Word of the Day

There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
by Kate Woodford,
November 25, 2015
In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary the word ‘synonym’ is defined as ‘a word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language’. As you might expect, definitions for this word are broadly similar in other dictionaries and yet the italicized

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More