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English verb: provide

1. provide (possession) give something useful or necessary to


SamplesWe provided the room with an electrical heater.


Synonymsfurnish, render, supply


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something.
Somebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)give


Narrower (hyponym)afford, air-condition, air-cool, alphabetize, arm, articulate, bed, berth, bewhisker, border, bottom, brattice, bush, buy in, calk, canal, canalise, canalize, capitalise, capitalize, caption, causeway, charge, cleat, cloy, coal, computerise, computerize, constitutionalize, copper-bottom, corbel, cornice, costume, crenel, crenelate, crenellate, curtain, dado, date, edge, equip, extend, feed, fire, fit, fit out, flood, fret, fuel, fuel, fund, furnish, gate, give, glass, glaze, glut, grate, hat, headline, headquarter, heat, hobnail, hydrate, index, innervate, interleave, joint, kern, key, leverage, machicolate, match, offer, offer, outfit, oversupply, partner, patch, pour, provision, pump, purvey, rafter, rail, railroad, ramp, reflectorise, reflectorize, retrofit, rim, sanitate, scant, seat, seat, shelter, signalise, signalize, skimp, slat, step, stint, stock, stock, stock, stock, stock up, subtitle, surfeit, tap, terrace, terrasse, theme, ticket, toggle, tool, top, top out, transistorise, transistorize, tube, uniform, upholster, victual, water, wharf, whisker, wive, yield

2. provide (consumption) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance


SamplesThe hostess provided lunch for all the guests.


ExamplesThey provide the food to the people, They provide the people the food


Synonymscater, ply, supply


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)give


Narrower (hyponym)accommodate, board, cater, dish, dish out, dish up, drench, feed, feed, feed, fill, fix up, fulfil, fulfill, give, gratify, gutter, help, horse, indulge, meet, nourish, nurture, pander, pander, pimp, power, procure, regale, satisfy, serve, serve, serve up, shower, staff, sustain, treat, underlay

3. provide (communication) determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation


SamplesThe will provides that each child should receive half of the money.
The Constitution provides for the right to free speech.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
It ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)condition, qualify, specify, stipulate

4. provide (social) mount or put up


SamplesPut up a good fight.
Offer resistance.


Synonymsoffer, put up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)engage, wage

5. provide (stative) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain


SamplesThis leaves no room for improvement.
The evidence allows only one conclusion.
Allow for mistakes.
Leave lots of time for the trip.
This procedure provides for lots of leeway.


Synonymsallow, allow for, leave


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)afford, give, yield


Verb groupadmit, allow

6. provide (possession) supply means of subsistence; earn a living


SamplesHe provides for his large family by working three jobs.
Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon.


Synonymsbring home the bacon


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)support

7. provide (change) take measures in preparation for


SamplesProvide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up









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