pro·vide / prəˈvīd/ • v. 1. [tr.] make available for use; supply: these clubs provide a much appreciated service for this area. ∎ (provide someone with) equip or supply someone with (something useful or necessary): we were provided with a map of the area. ∎ present or yield (something useful): neither will provide answers to these problems.2. [intr.] (provide for) make adequate preparation for (a possible event): new qualifications must provide for changes in technology. ∎ supply sufficient money to ensure the maintenance of (someone): Emma was handsomely provided for in Frank's will. ∎ (of a law) enable or allow (something to be done).3. stipulate in a will or other legal document: the order should be varied to provide that there would be no contact with the father.4. (provide someone to) hist. Christian Church appoint an incumbent to (a benefice).