Meaning of “provide” in the English Dictionary

"provide" in English

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uk /prəˈvaɪd/ us /prəˈvaɪd/

provide verb (SUPPLY)

B1 [ T ] to give someone something that they need:

This booklet provides useful information about local services.
All meals are provided at no additional cost.
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.

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(Definition of “provide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"provide" in American English

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us /prəˈvɑɪd/

provide verb (GIVE)

[ T ] to give something that is needed or wanted to someone:

The company provides medical benefits to all employees.
I can provide you with directions to their house.

provide verb (STATE)

(of a law or contract) to state that something must happen or be done:

[ I ] The new statute provides for life imprisonment without parole.
[ + that clause ] Many loan agreements provide that the interest rate 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 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.
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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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While it is desirable to create a level playing field it may also be necessary to provide subsidies for certain types of energy in order to promote other objectives.
The draft directive may provide for exemption from disproportionate measures, but how are such measures to be defined - by a national law or by a court ruling?
An integrated coastal zone management strategy can in fact provide a suitable framework for the sustainable exploitation of these zones and the activities carried out in them.
Protection of privacy has also been a priority, as has child protection: access providers must provide customers with free parental control software.
New requirements for packaging and fastenings will provide protection against vessels being opened by children and also provide for markings for the blind.
Reciprocal access to both sides' procurement markets would not only mean savings for public budgets but also provide huge business opportunities.
The resolution we are going to vote on this week will provide the guiding line for upcoming negotiations on the next-generation development instrument.
In any case, it is a shared concern, and therefore we must ensure that we provide high-quality training and that there is guidance available.
So, really, these bodies should already provide for a balance, and take into account the wishes of the union movement and environmental movement in the process.
We know the creation of clones to provide healthy cells for the benefit of the original is an affront to that dignity.