• IPA: /pɹəˈvɪʒ.ən/


  1. An item of goods or supplies, especially food, obtained for future use.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
      making provision for the relief of strangers
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      And of provisions laid in large, / For man and beast.
  2. The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
  3. Money set aside for a future event.
  4. (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.
  5. (legal) A clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
    Synonyms: condition, stipulation
    An arrest shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
  6. (Roman Catholic) Regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
  7. (UK, historical) A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
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provision (provisions, present participle provisioning; past and past participle provisioned)

  1. (transitive) To supply with provisions.
    to provision an army
  2. (transitive, computing) To supply (a user) with an account, resources, etc. so that they can use a system.
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