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a. The act of providing or supplying something: the provision of health care; the provision of rations.
b. The act of making preparations for a possible or future event or situation: The provision for retirement requires planning.
a. Something provided: A fire escape is an important provision in a building.
b. provisions Necessary supplies, such as food and clothing, as for a journey.
3. A preparatory action or measure: We must make provisions for riding out the storm.
4. A particular requirement in a law, rule, agreement, or document: the constitutional provision concerned with due process.
v. pro·vi·sioned, pro·vi·sion·ing, pro·vi·sions
To supply with provisions.
To take preparatory action or measures: A bank must provision against losses from bad loans.

[Middle English, from Old French, forethought, from Latin prōvīsiō, prōvīsiōn-, from prōvīsus, past participle of prōvidēre, to foresee, provide for; see provide.]

pro·vi′sion·er n.


 a supply of necessaries or materials; a stock or store.
Examples: provision of bread, 1535; of nuts and acorns, 1796; of stewards, 1486; of words, 1690.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.provisions - a stock or supply of foodsprovisions - a stock or supply of foods    
food, nutrient - any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
food cache - food in a secure or hidden storage place
larder - a supply of food especially for a household


(prəˈviʒən) noun
1. the act of providing. The government are responsible for the provision of education for all children.
2. an agreed arrangement.
3. a rule or condition.
to supply (especially an army) with food.
proˈvisional adjective
temporary; appointed, arranged etc only for the present time. a provisional government.
proˈvisionally adverb
proˈvisions noun plural
(a supply of) food. The campers got their provisions at the village shop.
make provision for
to provide what is necessary for. You should make provision for your old age.
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We were taking them some provisions, as they had come to live on a wild place where there was no garden or chicken-house, and very little broken land.
Let me examine; perhaps something may be found among my own provisions that will help his appetite.
Meanwhile, in the night, when everybody else was asleep, Cassy slowly and carefully accumulated there a stock of provisions sufficient to afford subsistence for some time; she transferred, article by article, a greater part of her own and Emmeline's wardrobe.
Niepce, a Frenchman, discovered "actinism," that power in the sun's rays which produces a chemical effect; that granite rocks, and stone structures, and statues of metal "are all alike destructively acted upon during the hours of sunshine, and, but for provisions of Nature no less wonderful, would soon perish under the delicate touch of the most subtle of the agencies of the universe.
I had a pretty heavy knapsack; it was laden with provisions -- pro- visions for the king to taper down on, till he could take to the coarse fare of the country without damage.
Hinchliff dressed by candle-light and was "soon down among the guides, who were bustling about in the passage, packing provisions, and making every preparation for the start"; and how he glanced out into the cold clear night and saw that--
They can turn it into a picnic if they want to -- they brought plenty provisions.
They would smouch provisions from the pantry whenever they got a chance; or a brass thimble, or a cake of wax, or an emery bag, or a paper of needles, or a silver spoon, or a dollar bill, or small articles of clothing, or any other property of light value; and so far were they from considering such reprisals sinful, that they would go to church and shout and pray the loudest and sincerest with their plunder in their pockets.
They contained a noble piece of water; a sail on which was to a form a great part of the morning's amusement; cold provisions were to be taken, open carriages only to be employed, and every thing conducted in the usual style of a complete party of pleasure.
I again felt rather like an individual of but average gastronomical powers sitting down to feast alone at a table spread with provisions for a hundred.
It is needless to trouble you with the provisions of the will in detail.
These provisions laid in, we went on through a great noise and uproar that confused my weary head beyond description, and over a bridge which, no doubt, was London Bridge (indeed I think he told me so, but I was half asleep), until we came to the poor person's house, which was a part of some alms-houses, as I knew by their look, and by an inscription on a stone over the gate which said they were established for twenty-five poor women.

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