Provide Pro*vide", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Provided; p. pr. & vb. n. Providing.] [L. providere, provisum; pro before + videre to see. See Vision, and cf. Prudent, Purvey.] 1. To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare. ``Provide us all things necessary.' --Shak. 2. To supply; to afford; to contribute. Bring me berries, or such cooling fruit As the kind, hospitable woods provide. --Milton. 3. To furnish; to supply; -- formerly followed by of, now by with. ``And yet provided him of but one.' --Jer. Taylor. ``Rome . . . was well provided with corn.' --Arbuthnot. 4. To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done. 5. To foresee. Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --B. Jonson. 6. To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor. --Prescott., Provide Pro*vide", v. i. 1. 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. --Burke. 2. To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.