from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To supply (food, for example); furnish.
  • transitive v. To advertise or circulate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To prepare in advance (for or to do something); to plan, make provision.
  • v. To furnish or provide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To purchase provisions; to provide; to make provision.
  • intransitive v. To pander; -- with to.
  • transitive v. To furnish or provide, as with a convenience, provisions, or the like.
  • transitive v. To procure; to get.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To foresee.
  • To provide; supply; furnish; especially (in modern use), to provide or supply provisions or other necessaries for (a number of persons).
  • To provide; make provision; purchase or supply provisions, especially for a number.
  • To pander: with to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. supply with provisions


Middle English purveien, from Anglo-Norman purveier, from Latin prōvidēre; see provide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman purveer, purveir et al., Old French porveeir, porveoir, from Latin prōvidēre ("to provide"). Compare provide. (Wiktionary)



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