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verb, sup·ply \sə-ˈplī\

Simple Definition of supply

  • : to make (something) available to be used : to provide someone or something with (something that is needed or wanted)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of supply


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to add as a supplement

  3. 2 [Middle French souploier, alteration of soupplier] a :  to provide for :  satisfy <laws by which the material wants of men are suppliedBulletin of Bates College>b :  to make available for use :  provide <supplied the necessary funds>c :  to satisfy the needs or wishes ofd :  to furnish (organs, tissues, or cells) with a vital element (as blood or nerve fibers)

  4. 3 :  to substitute for another in; specifically :  to serve as a supply in (a church or pulpit)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to serve as a supply or substitute

supplier play \-ˈplī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of supply in a sentence

  1. The company supplied the necessary money.

  2. You'll have to supply your own food.

Origin of supply

Middle English supplien to complete, compensate for, from Middle French soupplier, from Latin supplēre to fill up, complete, raise (a military unit, crew) to its full complement, substitute, from sub- up + plēre to fill — more at sub-, full

First Known Use: 14th century

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noun, sup·ply

Simple Definition of supply

  • : the amount of something that is available to be used

  • supplies : things (such as food, equipment, fuel, etc.) that are needed for a particular purpose and that will be used by a particular person or group

  • : the process or system by which something is provided to a person, place, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of supply

plural supplies

  1. 1 obsolete :  assistance, succor

  2. 2a obsolete :  reinforcements —often used in pluralb :  a member of the clergy filling a vacant pulpit temporarilyc :  the quantity or amount (as of a commodity) needed or available <beer was in short supply in that hot weather — Nevil Shute>d :  provisions, stores —usually used in plural

  3. 3 :  the act or process of filling a want or need <engaged in the supply of raw materials to industry>

  4. 4 :  the quantities of goods or services offered for sale at a particular time or at one price

  5. 5 :  something that maintains or constitutes a supply

Examples of supply in a sentence

  1. adequate supplies of fresh water

  2. He bought a month's supply of cigarettes.

  3. They took a month's worth of supplies on the camping trip.

  4. The town is in need of basic medical supplies.

  5. a store that sells art supplies

  6. The state is trying to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs.

  7. The storm interrupted the town's electricity supply.

15th Century

First Known Use of supply

15th century

SUPPLY Defined for Kids



verb sup·ply \sə-ˈplī\

Definition of supply for Students


  1. 1 :  to provide for :  satisfy <There is enough to supply the demand.>

  2. 2 :  to make available :  furnish <The tree supplies shade.>



noun sup·ply

Definition of supply for Students

plural supplies

  1. 1 :  the amount of something that is needed or can be gotten <medical supplies>

  2. 2 :  2store 3 <I keep a supply of pencils in my desk.>

  3. 3 :  the act or process of providing something <The company is engaged in the supply of raw materials.>

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb sup·ply \sə-ˈplī\

Medical Definition of supply

supplied; supplying

  1. :  to furnish (organs, tissues, or cells) with a vital element (as blood or nerve fibers)—used of nerves and blood vessels <the mandibular foramen transmits blood vessels and nerves supplying the lower teeth>

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