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

  • n. The act of supplying or fitting out.
  • n. Something provided.
  • n. A preparatory action or measure.
  • n. A stock of necessary supplies, especially food.
  • n. A stipulation or qualification, especially a clause in a document or agreement.
  • transitive v. To supply with provisions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An item of goods or supplies obtained for future use.
  • n. Money set aside for a future event.
  • n. A liability or contra account to recognise likely future adverse events associated with current transactions.
  • n. A clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
  • v. To supply with provisions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
  • n. That which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation.
  • n. Especially, a stock of food; any kind of eatables collected or stored; -- often in the plural.
  • n. That which is stipulated in advance; a condition; a previous agreement; a proviso
  • n. A canonical term for regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
  • n. A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
  • transitive v. To supply with food; to victual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To provide with things necessary; especially, to supply with a store of food.
  • n. Foreseeing; foresight.
  • n. The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
  • n. A measure taken beforehand; something arranged or prepared in advance; a preparation; provident care.
  • n. Accumulation of stores or materials beforehand; a store or stock provided.
  • n. Specifically, a stock of food provided; hence, victuals; food; provender: usually in the plural.
  • n. In law, a stipulation; a rule provided; a distinct clause in an instrument or statute; a rule or principle to be referred to for guidance: as, the provisions of law; the provisions of the constitution. It is sometimes used of unwritten as well as of written laws and constitutions.
  • n. plural Certain early or medieval English statutes. See phrases below.
  • n. In eccles, law, promotion to office by an ecclesiastical superior; especially, appointment by the Pope to a see or benefice in advance of the next vacancy, setting aside the regular patron's right of nomination.

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

  • n. a stipulated condition
  • v. supply with provisions
  • n. a store or supply of something (especially of food or clothing or arms)
  • n. the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
  • n. the activity of supplying or providing something


Middle English, from Old French, forethought, from Latin prōvīsiō, prōvīsiōn-, from prōvīsus, past participle of prōvidēre, to foresee, provide for; see provide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French provision. (Wiktionary)



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