Definition of provider in US English:



  • 1A person or thing that provides something.

    ‘a leading provider of personal financial services’
    • ‘He said that other financial services providers seek what they called a level playing field with credit unions.’
    • ‘Odetics is a leading provider of world-class content management software and services.’
    • ‘The eResourcing division of TMP Worldwide is a leading provider of global human capital solutions.’
    • ‘We should fight against those who would turn unions away from collective action and into the providers of personal services.’
    • ‘Bangladesh has a very positive record in international peacekeeping and is a leading provider of troops.’
    • ‘Shell Bulgaria is now a leading provider of industrial and automobile lubricants.’
    • ‘Consideration is given to the results of a confidential survey of financial submissions from providers of aged care.’
    • ‘Five years later the business has rapidly expanded and is the leading provider of IT services for York schools.’
    • ‘Metrobank is the leading provider of trade finance in the country.’
    • ‘Junior Achievement Ireland is the leading provider of enterprise education to young people in Ireland.’
    • ‘Wiztec has become a leading provider of human resources information management software.’
    • ‘CTI is one of the leading third-party logistics providers in North America.’
    • ‘Cintas, based in Cincinnati, bills itself as the leading provider of corporate uniforms.’
    • ‘This month is one of the busiest times of the year for banks and other providers of personal loans.’
    • ‘Reuters, a leading provider of financial news, has been hit hard by last year's downturn in global financial markets.’
    • ‘Day is a leading provider of integrated content, portal and digital asset management software.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when financial services providers could thumb their noses at everyone and provide complete secrecy.’
    • ‘Also, many people pay for winter breaks or go on a spending spree in the January sales, leading to yet more business for personal loan providers.’
    • ‘Altitude Software is one of the leading independent global providers of contact centre software.’
    • ‘A takeover of Scottish Power by Eon would continue a trend of leading British utility providers being acquired by overseas firms.’
    supplier, donor, giver, contributor, source, mainstay
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    1. 1.1 A breadwinner.
      • ‘In many societies the man is regarded as the family provider, the woman the caretaker.’
      • ‘Dad was a very hard worker and a great provider for the family, and had a very sensitive and giving heart.’
      • ‘He said Harrison was the sole provider for his family.’
      • ‘The result of these endeavours was that by the time I left school at the age of 15, I was already the family's main provider.’
      • ‘He found that demands on him as a father and provider were relentless.’
      • ‘Attention was also turned to the association of fatherhood with notions of provider and breadwinner.’
      • ‘Men now look for work in South Africa, leaving their wives as the sole family provider.’
      • ‘The fact that an offender is a sole provider or caregiver is one that can operate as a mitigating factor in sentencing: see R. v.’
      • ‘As the provider for his new family, he had to take his royal responsibilities seriously.’
      • ‘They resonated with me because I recognize his feelings as a father and provider for his family.’