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provide

verb [T]
 
 
/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. provide an opportunity/advantage/basis
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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