Meaning of “provided (that)” in the English Dictionary

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"provided (that)" in British English

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provided (that)conjunction

uk /prəˈvaɪ.dɪd ðət/ us /prəˈvaɪ.dɪd ðət/ also providing (that)

B2 if, or only if:

He's welcome to come along, provided that he behaves himself.

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  • We'll be there at about 7.30, provided that there's a suitable train.
  • Provided that there are enough seats, anyone can come on the trip.
  • Provided that the boat leaves on time, we should reach France by morning.

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

"provided (that)" in American English

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provided (that)conjunction

us /prəˈvɑɪ·dɪd (ðət, ˌðæt)/ also providing (that), /prəˈvɑɪ·dɪŋ (ðət, ˌðæt)/

if; only if:

I know what to do, provided that nobody asks me.

(Definition of “provided (that)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)