definition 1: to give what is needed; supply.
example: The relief agency provided the earthquake victims with food.
definition 2: to make available for use.
example: The group provides an important service.
definition 3: to set as a rule; arrange as a condition.
example: The law provides that speeders will be fined.
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Collocations: Words frequently used in combination with provide (definitions 1 & 2)
provide + NOUN: ~ assistance, ~ support, ~ care, ~ comfort, ~ shelter, ~ transportation, ~ aid, ~ protection, ~ stability, ~ benefit, ~ service, ~ access, ~ relief, ~ coverage, ~ means, ~ basis, ~ evidence, ~ an example, ~ a summary, ~ an overview, ~ insight, ~ feedback, ~ input, ~ an explanation, ~ a description, ~ context, ~ training, ~ instruction, ~ guidance, ~ advice, ~ counseling, ~funding, ~ a framework, ~ a forum, ~ an opportunity, ~ flexibility, ~ an alternative, ~ incentive, ~ impetus, ~ clue, ~ information, ~ an estimate, ~ a rationale, ~ a glimpse