Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who supplies a means of subsistence: parents who were good providers.
  • n. One that makes something, such as a service, available: primary health care providers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, provides a service, commodity, or the means for subsistence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who provides, furnishes, or supplies; one who procures what is wanted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who provides, furnishes, or supplies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity
  • n. someone who provides the means for subsistence

Etymologies

to provide + -er (Wiktionary)

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