1. The act of providing, or making previous preparation. Shak.
2. That which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation.
"Making provision for the relief of strangers." -- Bacon.
3. Especially, a stock of food; any kind of eatables collected or stored; -- often in the plural.
"And of provisions laid in large, For man and beast." -- Milton.
4. That which is stipulated in advance; a condition; a previous agreement; a proviso; as, the provisions of a contract; the statute has many provisions.
5. (R. C. Ch.) A canonical term for regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
6. (Eng. Hist.) A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation. Blackstone.