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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.
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Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
References in classic literature ?
With regard to commerce and to provisioning the army, the following was placarded everywhere:
Within Kuwait, banks in general saw a decline in provisions year-on-year, as second quarter of 2009 was a bad quarter in terms of high provisioning requirements coming from Sa'ad and Algosaibi; provisions also came from troubled investment companies.
* Automated provisioning to meet the business unit's scaled-up (or scaled-down) needs.
"With close to a year in the field in some of the most demanding environments, we have proven that the UBS is a rock-solid performer, enabling quick installation and provisioning, and delivering highly reliable broadband service," said Ellis Reid, director of product management at Pedestal Networks.
In recent years, variations in loss provisioning have accounted for variations in profits; abstracting loss provisions, net income has been quite stable as a share of assets.
Provisioning different levels of data protection offers perhaps the most widely applicable and cost-effective tiering strategy.