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Provide vs. Provision: Know the Difference

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Provide means to supply or make available something needed, while provision refers to the act of supplying something or a stipulation set out in an agreement or law.
Provide vs. Provision

Key Differences

Provide is a verb that refers to the action of supplying or making something available. Provision, on the other hand, is a noun that refers to the items supplied or the act of supplying.
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Provide is commonly used in contexts where someone is actively supplying what is needed. Provision often refers to the supplies themselves or the act of planning and preparing for future needs.
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Provide can refer to supplying a wide range of things, from physical items to services or information. Provisions typically refer to tangible items, especially supplies of food or equipment.
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In legal or contractual contexts, provision often refers to a specific clause or condition set forth in a document. Provide is less specific and is used in a broader range of contexts.
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Provision implies a sense of planning and preparedness, often associated with securing necessities for future use. Provide focuses more on the act of supplying in the present.
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Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Verb
Noun
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Typical Context

Actively supplying or making available.
Supplies themselves or the act of supplying.
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Application

Broad, ranging from items to services.
Often specific to tangible items like food or equipment.
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Legal/Contractual Use

General supply action.
Specific clauses or conditions in a document.
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Implication

Focus on current action of supplying.
Planning and preparation for future needs.
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Provide and Provision Definitions

Provide

To furnish or equip with something.
They provided the team with new uniforms.
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Provision

The action of providing or supplying something.
Provision of adequate healthcare is essential.
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Provide

To supply what is needed.
She provided the necessary tools for the project.
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Provision

Supplies of food, drink, or equipment, especially for a journey.
They made provisions for the long trek.
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Provide

To give what is necessary or required.
The scholarship provides financial assistance to students.
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Provision

A clause in a legal document stipulating a condition.
The contract included a provision for early termination.
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Provide

To make available (something needed or desired); furnish
Provide food and shelter for a family.
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Provision

A stipulation or qualification made beforehand.
The plan had several provisions regarding safety.
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Provide

To supply something needed or desired to
Provided her family with food.
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Provision

The act of providing or supplying something
The provision of health care.
The provision of rations.
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Provide

To have as an available or desirable feature; afford
A room that provides ample sunlight through French windows.
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Provision

The act of making preparations for a possible or future event or situation
The provision for retirement requires planning.
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Provide

To set down as a stipulation or requirement
An agreement that provides deadlines for completion of the work.
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Provision

Something provided
A fire escape is an important provision in a building.
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Provide

(Archaic) To make ready ahead of time; prepare.
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Provision

Provisions Necessary supplies, such as food and clothing, as for a journey.
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Provide

To take measures in preparation
Provided for the common defense of the states in time of war.
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Provision

A preparatory action or measure
We must make provisions for riding out the storm.
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Provide

To supply means of subsistence
She provides for her family by working in a hospital.
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Provision

A particular requirement in a law, rule, agreement, or document
The constitutional provision concerned with due process.
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Provide

To make a stipulation or requirement
The Constitution provides for a bicameral legislature.
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Provision

To supply with provisions.
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Provide

To make a living; earn money for necessities.
It is difficult to provide for my family working on minimum wage.
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Provision

To take preparatory action or measures
A bank must provision against losses from bad loans.
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Provide

To act to prepare for something.
Provide against disaster.
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Provision

An item of goods or supplies, especially food, obtained for future use.
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Provide

To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate.
The contract provides that the work be well done.
I'll lend you the money, provided that you pay it back by Monday.
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Provision

The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
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Provide

To give what is needed or desired, especially basic needs.
Don't bother bringing equipment, as we will provide it.
We aim to provide the local community with more green spaces.
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Provision

Money set aside for a future event.
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Provide

To furnish (with), cause to be present.
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Provision

(accounting) A liability or contra account to recognise likely future adverse events associated with current transactions.
We increased our provision for bad debts on credit sales going into the recession.
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Provide

To make possible or attainable.
He provides us with an alternative option.
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Provision

(law) A clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
An arrest shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
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Provide

To foresee, to consider in advance.
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Provision

(Roman Catholicism) Regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
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Provide

To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See provisor.
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Provision

A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
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Provide

To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare.
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Provision

(transitive) To supply with provisions.
To provision an army
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Provide

To supply; to afford; to contribute.
Bring me berries, or such cooling fruitAs the kind, hospitable woods provide.
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Provision

To supply (a user) with an account, resources, etc. so that they can use a system.
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Provide

To furnish; to supply; - formerly followed by of, now by with.
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Provision

The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
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Provide

To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done.
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Provision

That which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation.
Making provision for the relief of strangers.
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Provide

To foresee.
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Provision

Especially, a stock of food; any kind of eatables collected or stored; - often in the plural.
And of provisions laid in large,For man and beast.
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Provide

To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor.
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Provision

That which is stipulated in advance; a condition; a previous agreement; a proviso; as, the provisions of a contract; the statute has many provisions.
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Provide

To procure supplies or means in advance; to take measures beforehand in view of an expected or a possible future need, especially a danger or an evil; - followed by against or for; as, to provide against the inclemency of the weather; to provide for the education of a child.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.
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Provision

A canonical term for regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
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Provide

To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.
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Provision

A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
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Provide

Provide or furnish with;
We provided the room with an electrical heater
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Provision

To supply with food; to victual; as, to provision a garrison.
They were provisioned for a journey.
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Provide

Provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance;
The hostess provided lunch for all the guests
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Provision

A stipulated condition;
He accepted subject to one provision
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Provide

Determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation;
The will provides that each child should receive half of the money
The Constitution provides for the right to free speech
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Provision

The activity of supplying or providing something
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Provide

Mount or put up;
Put up a good fight
Offer resistance
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Provision

The cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening;
His planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties
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Provide

Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain;
This leaves no room for improvement
The evidence allows only one conclusion
Allow for mistakes
Leave lots of time for the trip
This procedure provides for lots of leeway
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Provision

A store or supply of something (especially of food or clothing or arms)
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Provide

Supply means of subsistence; earn a living;
He provides for his large family by working three jobs
Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon
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Provision

Supply with provisions
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Provide

Take measures in preparation for;
Provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship
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Provision

The act of preparing for future needs.
Emergency provision is a part of disaster management.
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Provide

To make something available.
The hospital provides care to all patients.
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Provide

To make arrangements or preparations.
The event planner provided for every contingency.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

How do companies provide customer support?

By offering assistance and resources to address customer needs.
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What are food provisions?

Supplies of food, often for a specific purpose or journey.
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What does it mean to provide services?

To offer or supply services to others.
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Can an individual provide advice?

Yes, offering guidance or recommendations is a form of providing.
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What is a legal provision?

A clause or condition specified in a legal document.
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How do governments make provisions for emergencies?

By planning and setting aside resources for potential crises.
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What are travel provisions?

Supplies or arrangements made for a journey.
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Is providing always active?

Yes, it involves actively supplying or making available.
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Can an organization provide training?

Yes, offering educational or skill development activities.
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What does provision in a contract mean?

A specific clause or condition within the contract.
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Can an app provide notifications?

Yes, sending alerts or messages is a form of providing.
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What is a tax provision?

A condition or clause in tax legislation or regulations.
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How is provision used in budgeting?

As setting aside or allocating resources for specific purposes.
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Can provision be a verb?

Yes, but it's less common and means to supply with provisions.
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Does provide imply immediacy?

Often, as it relates to current supply actions.
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Is providing information important?

Yes, it's key in communication, education, and service sectors.
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What are military provisions?

Supplies and equipment prepared for military use.
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What does 'provide for' mean?

To make arrangements or plan for something.
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How do you provision a boat?

By stocking it with necessary supplies for a voyage.
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What's an example of providing support?

Giving emotional or practical help to someone in need.
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