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"provide" in British English

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provideverb

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.

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  • 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

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provideverb

 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.
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(Definition of provide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"provide" in Business English

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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 Africa.be 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)
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