KJV Dictionary Definition: provide


PROVI'DE, v.t. L. provideo,literally to see before; pro and video, to see.

1. To procure beforehand; to get, collect or make ready for future use; to prepare.

Abraham said, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt-offering. Gen.22.

Provide neither gold nor silver nor brass in your purses. Matt.10.

Provide things honest in the sight of all men. Rom.12.

2. To furnish; to supply; followed by with.

Rome, by the care of the magistrates, was well provided with corn.

Provided of is now obsolete.

3. To stipulate previously. The agreement provides that the party shall incur no loss.

4. To make a previous conditional stipulation. See Provided.

5. To foresee; a Latinism. Not in use.

6. Provide, in a transitive sense, is followed by against or for. We provide warm clothing against the inclemencies of the weather; we provide necessaries against a time of need; or we provide warm clothing for winter, &c.

PROVI'DE, v.i. To procure supplies or means of defense; or to take measures for counteracting or escaping an evil. The sagacity of brutes in providing against the inclemencies of the weather is wonderful.

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.


PROVI'DED, pp. Procured beforehand; made ready for future use; supplied; furnished; stipulated.

1. Stipulated as a condition, which condition is expressed in the following sentence or words; as, "provided that nothing in this act shall prejudice the rights of any person whatever." This sentence is in the nature of the case absolute, the clause or sentence independent; "this or that being provided, which follows;" "this condition being provided." The word being is understood, and the participle provided agrees with the whole sentence absolute. "This condition being previously stipulated or established." This and that here refer to the whole member of the sentence.


PROV'IDENCE, n. L. providentia.

1. The act of providing or preparing for future use or application.

Providence for war is the best prevention of it. Now little used.

2. Foresight; timely care; particularly, active foresight, or foresight accompanied with the procurement of what is necessary for future use, or with suitable preparation. How many of the troubles and perplexities of life proceed from want of providence!

3. In theology, the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures. He that acknowledges a creation and denies a providence, involves himself in a palpable contradiction; for the same power which caused a thing to exist is necessary to continue its existence. Some persons admit a general providence,but deny a particular providence, not considering that a general providence consists of particulars. A belief in divine providence, is a source of great consolation to good men. By divine providence is often understood God himself.

4. Prudence in the management of one's concerns or in private economy.


PROV'IDENT, a. Foreseeing wants and making provision to supply them; forecasting; cautious; prudent in preparing for future exigences; as a provident man; a provident animal.

The parsimonious emmet, provident

Of future.

Orange is what Augustus was,

Brave, wary, provident and bold.


PROV'IDENTLY, adv. With prudent foresight; with wise precaution in preparing for the future.


PROVI'DER, n. One who provides, furnishes or supplies; one that procures what is wanted.