Definition of provision in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈvɪʒ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of providing or supplying something for use: new contracts for the provision of services
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  • Services include provision of information on cancer, counselling and reflexology and massage therapies.
  • He pledged to continue negotiations with the Health Service Executive on the issue of extending the centre and provision of special sheltered housing.
  • Direct services include referrals, provision of information, mental health counselling, advocacy work and financial assistance.
1.1 (provision for/against) Financial or other arrangements for future eventualities or requirements: farmers have been slow to make provision for their retirement
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  • To make provision for such an eventuality the replay is going to have to have a very early start, possibly as early as 12.30.
  • But it is the duty of government to make provision for the future and to keep its citizens equipped to compete in a globalised market.
  • We are electrifying the system as we go to make provision for future developments, Mr Lalor said.
1.2 [count noun] An amount set aside out of profits in the accounts of an organization for a known liability, especially a bad debt or the diminution in value of an asset.
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  • He also warned against taking the company's bad debt provisions at face value.
  • However, in lean years, when interest rates are high, their profits can quickly collapse as provisions for bad debts hurt their bottom lines.
  • In a good year, a firm will set aside a large amount of provisions so that profits don't increase too much - and reach a level that it may struggle to match the following year.
2An amount or thing supplied or provided: changing levels of transport provision
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  • The official response is that the fund is also designed to ensure the level of social welfare provision for all Irish citizens in the longer term.
  • The Scandinavians have tended to favour high rates of taxation with correspondingly high levels of social provision.
  • Even now social provision remains at a considerably higher level than in most of the rest of Europe.
facilities, services, amenities, resource(s), equipment, arrangements, solutions;
2.1 (provisions) Supplies of food, drink, or equipment, especially for a journey.
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  • Please be aware that you bring all your food and drinks, provisions will not be made.
  • Thus, women refugees are denied independent access to necessary provisions including food, shelter, and medical supplies and services.
  • With the ransom amounts obtained from his kidnapping ventures, he sourced his supplies of food and other provisions from villages on the fringe of the forest.
3 [count noun] A condition or requirement in a legal document: the first private prosecution under the provisions of the 1989 Water Act
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  • If you want me to proceed to trial in respect of Mrs. C then under the provisions of the Law Society guidelines I am required to notify you of my terms of business.
  • Alstom submits that its obligation to proceed under the provisions of clause 2 was subject to two contingent conditions precedent neither of which were satisfied.
  • The Minister is the person who is liable to sue and be sued under the provisions of that statute.
4 [count noun] Christian Church , historical An appointment to a benefice, especially directly by the Pope rather than by the patron, and originally before it became vacant.
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  • Let us take another medieval example, the case of papal provisions in medieval England.
  • Even more insidious was the practice of papal provision, whereby the pope appointed his nominees, a number of them Italian, to clerical positions, particularly to prebends in cathedrals.


1 [with object] Supply with food, drink, or equipment, especially for a journey: civilian contractors were responsible for provisioning these armies (as noun provisioning) the provisioning of US ships
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  • They were normally kept fuelled and provisioned by supply ships, though Japanese island bases were used to refit and refuel some of them while Japan was still officially neutral.
  • The boat can be fully provisioned with food, if you request, so that all you need do is fly in, step on board and sail away.
  • Now they took responsibility for provisioning the cities with food and maintaining the city walls to protect the population from the increasingly frequent barbarian raids.
2 [no object] Set aside an amount in an organization’s accounts for a known liability: financial institutions have to provision against loan losses
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  • Although banks have adequately provisioned for bad assets and written off some of their bad assets, new NPLs have emerged.
  • The goal of the audits, to extend into next year, is to flush out the bad loans, get them properly classified and provisioned, then start to crack down on chronic deadbeats.
  • Failure to provision for projects to be undertaken tomorrow can deeply compromise those future projects.



Pronunciation: /prəˈvɪʒ(ə)nə/
Example sentences
  • And when the frontier did move west beyond our boundaries, the settled middle westerners became middlemen: innkeepers and bartenders and provisioners for those choosing to go farther on.
  • This contemporary New Town provisioner offers a selection of Mediterranean-style goodies to eat or take away, with fresh baking and dinner-party essentials.
  • Their particular foraging strategy (diurnal provisioners, multiple daily food deliveries) may help explain why they and not all seabird species have the ability to adjust provisioning effort.






Late Middle English (also in the sense 'foresight'): via Old French from Latin provisio(n-), from providere 'foresee, attend to' (see provide). The verb dates from the early 19th century.

Words that rhyme with provision

circumcision, collision, concision, decision, derision, division, elision, envision, excision, imprecision, incision, misprision, precisian, precision, scission, vision

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