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verb     provide pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
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 lecture 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 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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