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provide against something

to plan against something happening. Have you provided against the possible collapse of the agreement? We have not provided against financial disaster.
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provide for someone or something

to supply the needs of someone or something. Don't worry, we will provide for you. We will provide for the committee in the budget.
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provide someone with something

to supply something to someone. I will provide you with an escort to your car. Jane provided herself with just enough food to get through the weekend.
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provide something for someone or something

to supply something for someone or something. I will provide salad for the guests. Ted provided food for his dog.
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provide something under something

to supply something in keeping with a contract, rule, guideline, agreement, etc. We have agreed to provide two tons of coal per month under our contract. Do you want more? We will agree to provide ample insurance for our employees under union guidelines.
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Take the goods the gods provide.

Prov. If you have good fortune, enjoy it and use it to your advantage. Frances: I feel I have an unfair advantage over other people in the violin contest. After all, my parents were able to give me lessons with the very best teachers when I was young. Alan: Frances, take the goods the gods provide.
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provide for somebody

to give someone the things they need to live Former prisoners must learn to provide for themselves once they get out of jail. She's struggling to provide for her family and pay her bills.
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provide for something

1. to take care of a need After you cross the border you will have to provide for your own security. The shape of the tank is designed to provide for water circulation.
2. to allow something The permit will provide for a 30-day hunt beginning in late November.
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provide against

To take measures to deal with or prevent some unforeseen occurrence: Our homeowner's insurance provides against damage from flooding.
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provide for

1. To supply someone or something with basic necessities, as food, shelter, and clothing: How long do you have to work every week to provide for such a large family?
2. To take measures in preparation for something: Our forecast provides for a 6 percent decrease in sales next year.
3. To set something down as a stipulation: Their employment contract provides for two weeks of vacation every year.
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I was provided with a receipt and duly and officially accepted as an excursionist.
He also provided himself with three thoroughly tested iron anchors, and a light but strong silk ladder fifty feet in length.
To prevent, therefore, giving offence to their customers by any such disappointment, it hath been usual with the honest and well-meaning host to provide a bill of fare which all persons may peruse at their first entrance into the house; and having thence acquainted themselves with the entertainment which they may expect, may either stay and regale with what is provided for them, or may depart to some other ordinary better accommodated to their taste.
My governess brought me a great many other things, but it was not proper for me to look too well provided in the ship, at least till I knew what kind of a captain we should have.
All this while I had provided nothing for our assistance when we should come to the place and begin to call ourselves planters; and I was far from being ignorant of what was needful on that occasion; particularly all sorts of tools for the planter's work, and for building; and all kinds of furniture for our dwelling, which, if to be bought in the country, must necessarily cost double the price.
Madam,' says he, ''tis no reproach to any many in that country to have been sent over in worse circumstances than I perceive your cousins are in, provided they do but apply with diligence and good judgment to the business of that place when they come there.
These she put on board in her own name, took his bills of loading for them, and endorsed those bills of loading to my husband, insuring the cargo afterwards in her own name, by our order; so that we were provided for all events, and for all disasters.
Because the four new alternative "conditions" on use of the special valuation rules apply only to post-1992 benefits, may taxpayers assume that the special valuation rules can always be elected for benefits provided prior to 1993, even if a mistake in using the rules (including complete failure to use the rules) is discovered on audit?
Electronic data interchange (EDI) requirements are provided from the automotive/ appliance "accum" release module.
In addition, public accommodations cannot provide a separate benefit to a disabled individual, unless the facility can show that a separate benefit is necessary in order to provide an opportunity to the disabled person that is as effective as that provided to others.
Providing this service enhances the current In-Room Internet access provided by the ResortLynx[TM] system," said Wil Riner, CEO of Insystcom, Inc.
The services T provides to the tenants are not customarily provided to tenants of rental apartment properties in the metropolitan areas of R's properties.
Meals or meal money provided to an employee on a regular or routine basis do not meet this requirement.
In general, sections 410(b) and 401(a)(26) require employers to compare participation by, and the level of benefits provided to, highly compensated employees with that of nonhighly compensated employees on an employer-wide basis.
0 of the PacketHop Communication System enables first responders to take advantage of the enhanced reliability and security provided by the licensed 4.