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provide (one) with (something)
To give or supply one with something for their use or benefit. The company is one of the few that provides its employees with paid paternity leave. I provided you with plenty of chances to prove your abilities, but you keep letting me down.
provide (something) for (someone or something)
To give or supply something for the benefit or use of someone or something else. The company is one of the few that provides paid paternity leave for its employees. The city center doesn't provide nearly enough parking spaces for the amount of cars that travel in each day, so finding a free spot can be a nightmare.
provide (something) under (something else)
To supply, make available, or prepare something as required or agreed upon in some thing, such as a contract or ruling. We agree to provide our services pro bono for six months under the terms of the court order. You're supposed to provide paid sick leave under the new federal regulation.
provide against (something)
To implement measures that prepare for, deal with, or prevent something that will or may happen in the future. I know you don't want to pay the extra costs, but having a life insurance policy is the only way to provide against financial troubles for your family should you die. We've included a clause that provides against the consumer using the product for illegitimate purposes.
provide for (someone or something)
1. To supply or provide payment for the basic needs of someone or something. The hardest part of being unemployed was knowing that I couldn't provide for my family. The local council has promised to provide for low-income families in its upcoming budget.
2. To prepare for, deal with, or prevent something that will or may happen in the future. The more expensive insurance policy also provides for damage from natural disasters.
3. To supply as a stipulation (of a contract or agreement). You're lucky you're even given six weeks of maternity leave—many companies don't provide for any amount of time.
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