v. pro·vid·ed, pro·vid·ing, pro·vides
a. To make available (something needed or desired); furnish: provide food and shelter for a family.
b. To supply something needed or desired to: provided her family with food.
2. To have as an available or desirable feature; afford: a room that provides ample sunlight through French windows.
3. To set down as a stipulation or requirement: an agreement that provides deadlines for completion of the work.
4. Archaic To make ready ahead of time; prepare.
1. To take measures in preparation: provided for the common defense of the states in time of war.
2. To supply means of subsistence: She provides for her family by working in a hospital.
3. To make a stipulation or requirement: The Constitution provides for a bicameral legislature.
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