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verb provide pronunciation in American English /prəˈvaɪd/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyprovide
he/she/itprovides
present participleproviding
past tenseprovided
past participleprovided
 
  1. 1
    [transitive] to give someone something that they want or need

    Our office can provide information on the local area.

    A taxi service from the airport will be provided.

    provide someone with something:

    The book signing provided him with an opportunity to meet one of his heroes.

    provide something for someone:

    The hotel provides a playroom for children.

    provide something to someone:

    We provide legal advice and services to our clients.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to cause something to exist or be available

    The exercise provides an opportunity for different departments to work together.

    The film provides new insights into the problems that women in the industry face.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] legal to contain statements or plans that set conditions for dealing with a particular issue
    provide for:

    The treaty provides for the immediate withdrawal of troops from the area.

    provide that:

    Their contracts provide that they will be paid on the last day of the month.

 

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