To furnish; supply: provide food and shelter for a family. To make available; afford: a room that provides ample sunlight through French windows. To set down as a stipulation: an agreement that provides deadlines for completion of the work. Archaic To make ready ahead of time; prepare. To take measures in preparation: provided for the common defense of the states in time of war. To supply means of subsistence: She provides for her family by working in a hospital. To make a stipulation or condition: The Constitution provides for a bicameral legislature.