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verb (used with object), supplied, supplying.
to furnish or provide (a person, establishment, place, etc.) with what is lacking or requisite:
to supply someone clothing; to supply a community with electricity.
to furnish or provide (something wanting or requisite):
to supply electricity to a community.
to make up, compensate for, or satisfy (a deficiency, loss, need, etc.):
The TVA supplied the need for cheap electricity.
to fill or occupy as a substitute, as a vacancy, a pulpit, etc.:
During the summer local clergymen will supply the pulpit.
verb (used without object), supplied, supplying.
to fill the place of another, especially the pulpit of a church, temporarily or as a substitute:
Who will supply until the new minister arrives?
noun, plural supplies.
the act of supplying, furnishing, providing, satisfying, etc.:
to begin the supply of household help.
something that is supplied:
The storm cut off our water supply.
a quantity of something on hand or available, as for use; a stock or store:
Did you see our new supply of shirts?
Usually, supplies. a provision, stock, or store of food or other things necessary for maintenance:
to lay in supplies for the winter.
Economics. the quantity of a commodity that is in the market and available for purchase or that is available for purchase at a particular price.
supplies, Military.

all items necessary for the equipment, maintenance, and operation of a military command, including food, clothing, arms, ammunition, fuel, materials, and machinery.
procurement, distribution, maintenance, and salvage of supplies.

a person who fills a vacancy or takes the place of another, especially temporarily.
supplies, Obsolete. reinforcement (def 4).
Obsolete. aid.
verb -plies, -plying, -plied
(transitive) often foll by with. to furnish with something that is required: to supply the community with good government
(transitive; often foll by to or for) to make available or provide (something that is desired or lacking): to supply books to the library
(transitive) to provide for adequately; make good; satisfy: who will supply their needs?
to serve as a substitute, usually temporary, in (another’s position, etc): there are no clergymen to supply the pulpit
(transitive) (Brit) to fill (a vacancy, position, etc)
noun (pl) -plies

the act of providing or something that is provided
(as modifier): a supply dump

(often pl) an amount available for use; stock
(pl) food, equipment, etc, needed for a campaign or trip

willingness and ability to offer goods and services for sale
the amount of a commodity that producers are willing and able to offer for sale at a specified price Compare demand (sense 9)


the management and disposal of food and equipment
(as modifier): supply routes

(often pl) a grant of money voted by a legislature for government expenses, esp those not covered by other revenues
(in Parliament and similar legislatures) the money voted annually for the expenses of the civil service and armed forces

a person who acts as a temporary substitute
(as modifier): a supply vicar

a source of electrical energy, gas, etc
(obsolete) aid or assistance
in a supple manner

supply definition

The amount of any given commodity available for sale at a given time.
see: in short supply


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