re·​sup·​ply (ˌ)rē-sə-ˈplī How to pronounce resupply (audio)
resupplied; resupplying
transitive : to supply (someone or something) again
resupplying the troops/ships
Besieged populations could sometimes be resupplied by air or sea, or at least by ground or naval forces protected by air cover.Victor Davis Hanson
intransitive : to replenish supplies
The more food you carry, the less frequently you need to resupply.Victoria Logue
resupply noun
plural resupplies
resupplies of food/ammunition
With ground resupply readily available, they seldom ate anything they weren't carrying … Rod Nordland
on a resupply mission
a navy resupply ship

Examples of resupply in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Israel needs munitions to resupply its Iron Dome defense system and support its war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2023 In a second incident Sunday, the Philippine task force said a Chinese maritime militia vessel collided with a Philippine Coast Guard ship, which was on the same mission to resupply the BRP Sierra Madre. Chris Lau, CNN, 22 Oct. 2023 The push to supply more weapons to Israel comes as American military contractors are already struggling to keep up with demand to resupply Ukraine in its war against Russia and help other U.S. allies in Europe like Poland bolster their own defenses. Eric Lipton, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 China’s harassment of Philippine ships trying to resupply a South China Sea outpost also drew a sharp warning from Biden earlier this week not to attack a U.S. ally. Charles Hutzler, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2023 Over the weekend in the South China Sea, a Chinese coast guard vessel collided with a Philippine boat that was attempting to resupply military personnel on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2023 The two leaders, flanked by their top military officials, are set to negotiate a potential arms deal to help resupply Moscow’s military drained by its war in Ukraine. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2023 The launch was successful, and NASA soon awarded SpaceX a $1.6-billion contract to resupply the International Space Station. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 The announcement came after the Kremlin blamed Ukraine for an attack that forced the closure of a key bridge Russia uses to resupply its troops in Crimea. Harold Maass, The Week, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of resupply was in 1579

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“Resupply.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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