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