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provision

noun uk   /prəˈvɪʒ.ən/ us  

provision noun (SUPPLY)

C1 [C or U] the act of providing something: The provision of good public transport will be essential for developing the area. Of course there's provision in the plan for population increase. When designing buildings in this area, you have to make provision against earthquakes. provisions [plural] supplies of food and other necessary things: provisions for the journey

provision noun (LAW)

[C] a statement within an agreement or a law that a particular thing must happen or be done, especially before another can happen or be done: We have inserted certain provisions into the treaty to safeguard foreign workers. [+ that] She accepted the job with the provision that she would be paid expenses for relocating.

provision noun (FINANCE)

in a company's accounts (= financial records), an amount of money that is kept in case of a possible future loss: The insurance company made a provision against claims over alleged pension fraud. make provision for sth to make arrangements to deal with something, often financial arrangements: He hasn't made any provision for his retirement yet.

provision

verb [T] uk   /prəˈvɪʒ.ən/ formal us  
to supply someone or something with food and other necessary things
(Definition of provision from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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