Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One employed to procure supplies, as for an army, a steamer, etc.; a purveyor; one who provides for another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One employed to procure supplies, as for an army, a steamer, etc.; a purveyor; one who provides for another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A purveyor; one employed to procure supplies; a provider.
  • n. An overseer; a governor.

Etymologies

Italian proveditore, provveditore, from provedere, Latin providere. See provide, and compare purveyor, provedore. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's a shorter form of proveditor, and a synonym of purveyor.

    Mitchell's Provedores: Unprovedorable

  • We only ask here from the censors of books, permission to transcribe from that which the Dominican missionary Labat, proveditor of the holy office, has written concerning the nails of the cross, into which it is more than probable no nails were ever driven.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The proveditor had the custody of the guild's furniture and was to preserve good order in the assemblies; the syndics examined the administration of the officers at the end of their term; the physician and nurses attended the sick members free of charge, and the visitor had to call on those who were in prison.

    The Guilds

  • Whether he is not in arrears to God in point of gratitude for past mercies, while he is begging new; and whether he has not abused that bounty that he is now imploring, and made the liberality of heaven the instrument of his vanity and the very proveditor for his lust; even in a literal sense turning the grace of

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VII.

  • A peremptory demand on the part of the Grand Vizier to surrender at discretion was answered by the Venetian proveditor-general, Giacomo

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 3

  • Their interests are quite contrary, and yet you have a better proveditor than the Venetian, another strategus sitting with an army standing by him; whereupon that which is marching, if there were any probability it should, would find as little possibility that it could recoil, as a foreign enemy to invade you.

    The Commonwealth of Oceana

  • Gritti, the proveditor, made ftrong remonftrances to Lautrec, upon his refufal to undertake the fiege of Verona; but they were ineffectual: he even propofed in a council of war, that the Venetians alone mould undertake the enterprize -, in which propofal he had the concurring fentiments of the other officers.

    The modern part of an universal history from the earliest accounts to the present time;

  • The soldiers were indeed guilty of many other irregularities: It was the duty of one of them by rotation to procure the day's provision for the whole guard, a service which he constantly performed by going into the country with his musket and a bag; nor was the honest proveditor always content with what the bag would contain; for one of them, without any ceremony, drove down a young buffalo that belonged to some of the country people, and his comrades not having wood at hand to dress it when it was killed, supplied themselves by pulling down some of the pallisadoes of the fort.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 12 Arranged in Systematic Order: Forming a Complete History of the Origin and Progress of Navigation, Discovery, and Commerce, by Sea and Land, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time

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