Define: Provision

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Provision

Quick Summary of Provision

A liability of uncertain timing or amount.

What is the dictionary definition of Provision?

Dictionary Definition

  1. An item of goods or supplies, especially food, obtained for future use.
  2. The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
  3. Money set aside for a future event.


  • An article, clause, or stipulation in an agreement, contract, deed, instrument, or statute that explains a specific condition, effect, implication, qualification, or requirement.
  • To resource/source


Full Definition of Provision

1. the action of providing or supplying something for use.
“new contracts for the provision of services

Similar: supplying, supply, providing, purveying, delivery, furnishing, equipping, giving, donation, allocation, distribution, presentation

2. An amount or thing supplied or provided.
“changing levels of transport provision”

Similar: facilities, services, amenities, resource(s), equipment, arrangements, solutions, means, offering, funds, benefits, assistance, allowance(s), concession(s), opportunities

1. supply with food, drink, or equipment, especially for a journey.
“civilian contractors were responsible for provisioning these armies”
2. set aside an amount in an organization’s accounts for a known liability.
“financial institutions have to provision against loan losses”


Synonyms For Provision

supply, provide, providing, offer, delivery

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Provision. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. February 26, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Provision. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: February 26, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Provision. Retrieved February 26, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Provision are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.