5. To foresee.
6. To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See provisor.
Origin: A Latinism.
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)