formalSCLif a law or rule provides that something must happen, it states that it must happen
provide against something
to make plans in order to deal with a bad situation that might happen:
Health insurance will provide against loss of income if you become ill.
provide for somebody/something
1to give someone the things they need to live, such as money, food etc:
Without work, how can I provide for my children?
2formalSCLif a law, rule, or plan provides for something, it states that something will be done and makes it possible for it to be done:
The new constitution provides for a 650-seat legislature.
3formalto make plans in order to deal with something that might happen in the future:
Commanders failed to provide for an attack by sea.
GRAMMAR GRAMMAR Someone can provide something but they cannot 'provide someone'• Will they provide a car?You can say that you provide someone with something or provide something forsomeone• He provided me with everything (NOT provided me everything) I needed. • They did not provide enough paper for everyone (NOT to everyone).Toprovide forsomeone means to support them by giving them the things they need to live• She has to provide for her four children (NOT provide her four children).
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.