Provision

In the excellent history of this word, “provision” has meant anything from food to providence to cold, hard cash.  I’m thinking of

[02.116] Their own provisions were very scanty.

but do I include “provide” in my search?  I think I do, since Latin pro-videre, to see ahead (and therefore remember to pack one’s pocket-handkerchief) clearly leads us to the noun pro-vision (oh!  and look at the not incorrect but unexpected form pro-vidence up above!)

So!  Not all of these are food words, friends, take care when you are doing your food research.

  • 01.002 provided with polished chairs,
  • 02.116 Their own provisions were very scanty.
  • 02.123 our small stock of provisions.
  • 03.034 and provisions light to carry
  • 07.126 He would provide ponies for each of them,
  • 07.126 I will provide you with skins for carrying water,
  • 08.007 for they were extremely careful with their provisions.
  • 10.045 and many provisions.
  • 11.001 with other provisions
  • 12.020 in size but provided with a bitter sword
  • 16.042 so an escort was provided for him,

“provide, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 18 May 2016.

“provision, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 18 May 2016.

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