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provision

the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices

provision

To set up a telecommunications line or network for a customer. The term comes from the telephone industry, in which the telco was responsible for configuring their computers to switch customer lines into the appropriate networks. The term migrated to networking in general and refers to setting up user accounts, servers or other network-related equipment.

Do It Yourself
"User provisioning" or "automated provisioning" allows customers to set up their own services and make changes from a Web browser or other client interface without having to contact the telecom or network provider and wait hours, days or weeks for the final results (see cloud computing).

A Very Old Term
The term is centuries old. Before ships would sail from Europe to the New World, they had to be "provisioned" with food, rope, weapons and instruments. See also user management and provisioning.
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Stagnito assets include Refrigerated and Frozen Foods, Dairy Field, Beverage Industry, National Provisioner, Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery, Candy Industry, Confectioner and Industria Alimenticia.
The Oneida were, in fact, our first allies in the conflict, That they remain proud of their commitment to the new nation and seek to remind their now-fellow-citizens of their services (as scouts, spies, warriors, and maybe most crucially, emergency provisioners at Valley Forge) makes them still a wise people.
This evidence suggests that even as women have moved into the paid labor market in greater numbers, their role as caregivers and household provisioners has not necessarily diminished at the same rate, indicating a key labor market constraint for women in the form of a "second shift" (Hochschild and Machung, 2012).
Yellow-billed hornbills (Tockus leucomelas) could be especially vulnerable to hidden costs of heat because males become the sole provisioners of their families during the breeding season.