Provision vs Collection - What's the difference?

provision | collection |

As nouns the difference between provision and collection

is that provision is provision while collection is a set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.




(en noun)
  • An item of goods or supplies, especially food, obtained for future use.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • making provision for the relief of strangers
  • * Milton
  • And of provisions laid in large, / For man and beast.
  • The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • Money set aside for a future event.
  • (accounting) A liability or contra account to recognise likely future adverse events associated with current transactions.
  • We increased our provision for bad debts on credit sales going into the recession.
  • (legal) A clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
  • An arrest shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
  • (Roman Catholic) Regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
  • (UK, historical) A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
  • (Blackstone)


    (en verb)
  • To supply with provisions.
  • Synonyms

    * supply * victual




    (en noun)
  • A set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.
  • *
  • Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections , rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
  • * (William Whewell)
  • Collections of moisture.
  • * Dunglison
  • A purulent collection .
  • Multiple related objects associated as a group.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.}}
  • The activity of collecting.
  • (topology, analysis) A set of sets.
  • A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for donations.
  • (obsolete) The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred.
  • * (John Milton)
  • We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines.
  • (UK) The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
  • A set of college exams generally taken at the start of the term.
  • Derived terms

    * collection agency * collection plate * minicollection * take up a collection