W1S1 [prəˈvaıd] v [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: providere 'to see ahead, provide', from videre 'to see']
1.) to give something to someone or make it available to them, because they need it or want it
Tea and biscuits will be provided.
provide sth for sb
The hotel provides a shoe-cleaning service for guests.
provide sb with sth
The project is designed to provide young people with work.
2.) to produce something useful as a result
We are hoping the enquiry will provide an explanation for the accident.
provide sb with sth
The search provided the police with several vital clues.
3.) provide that
formal if a law or rule provides that something must happen, it states that it must happen
provide against [provide against sth] phr v
to make plans in order to deal with a bad situation that might happen
Health insurance will provide against loss of income if you become ill.
provide for / [provide for sb/sth] phr v
1.) to give someone the things they need to live, such as money, food etc
Without work, how can I provide for my children?
2.) formal if a law, rule, or plan provides for something, it states that something will be done and makes it possible for it to be done
The new constitution provides for a 650-seat legislature.
3.) formal to make plans in order to deal with something that might happen in the future
Commanders failed to provide for an attack by sea.
Someone can provide something but they cannot 'provide someone' : Will they provide a car?
You can say that you provide someone with something or provide something for someone : He provided me with everything (NOT provided me everything) I needed. | They did not provide enough paper for everyone (NOT to everyone).
To provide for someone means to support them by giving them the things they need to live : She has to provide for her four children (NOT provide her four children).

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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