supply

verb
sup·ply | \sə-ˈplī \
supplied; supplying

Definition of supply 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to add as a supplement

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 of

d : to furnish (organs, tissues, or cells) with a vital element (such as blood or nerve fibers)

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

intransitive verb

: to serve as a supply or substitute

supply

noun
plural supplies

Definition of supply (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : assistance, succor

2a obsolete : reinforcements often used in plural

b : a member of the clergy filling a vacant pulpit temporarily

c : 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 : the act or process of filling a want or need engaged in the supply of raw materials to industry

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

5 : something that maintains or constitutes a supply

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Other Words from supply

Verb

supplier \sə-ˈplī(-ə)r \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for supply

Synonyms: Verb

deliver, feed, furnish, give, hand, hand over, provide

Synonyms: Noun

budget, force, fund, inventory, pool, repertoire, reservoir, stock

Antonyms: Verb

hold (back), keep (back), reserve, retain, withhold

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Examples of supply in a Sentence

Verb

The company supplied the necessary money. You'll have to supply your own food.

Noun

adequate supplies of fresh water He bought a month's supply of cigarettes. They took a month's worth of supplies on the camping trip. The town is in need of basic medical supplies. a store that sells art supplies The state is trying to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs. The storm interrupted the town's electricity supply.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

School District 300 is currently well supplied to meet its needs, transportation officials said. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin-area school districts still looking for bus drivers but don't expect start-of-school problems," 12 July 2018 Newton had a match-winning performance, minus his teammates supplying the requisite goal. Scott Winfield, Cincinnati.com, "ICYMI: FC Cincinnati ties soon-to-be MLS rival, three Cincinnati Reds named MLB All-Stars," 9 July 2018 While rescue plans are being reconsidered, efforts are now being focused on supplying the boys with a regular supply of oxygen and fiber optic cables, to allow the boys to contact their families for the first time in almost two weeks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-SEAL Diver Dies in Thai Cave Rescue Attempt," 6 July 2018 Zion National Park’s trail to Emerald Pools was closed for seven years until last July, when a private grant of $1 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation supplied the funds to open the pathway, hopefully by the end of 2019. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Terrible State of Our National Parks—in Photos," 5 July 2018 Organizers had purchased most of the supplies from Amrein Foods, of Joppa, which also supplies the concession stands, but local businesses also donated food and resources. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Family entertainment abounds in Bel Air on July 4," 4 July 2018 According to The Sun royal reporter Emily Andrews, Buckingham Palace revealed the earrings were a from Queen Elizabeth, contradicting earlier reports that stated Birks supplied the pearl earrings. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore a Gorgeous Gift from the Queen for Their First Royal Event Together," 14 June 2018 For example: The Health and Morals of Apprentices Act of 1802, informally known as the Factory Act of 1802, required that mill buildings supply adequate ventilation. Carolina A. Miranda, The Atlantic, "The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation," 13 June 2018 Not only is Weighting Comforts supplying a quality product for those in need, the brand also provides an opportunity for refugee women to make a living using a valuable skill. Southern Living, "This Southern Company Combats Anxiety & Champions Refugee Women," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Arkansas scheduled the executions before its supply of midazolam , a sedative used in the lethal injection process, expired. Andrew Demillo, Fox News, "Police respond to attempted suicide by death row inmate," 13 July 2018 According to the South China Morning Post, some aviation experts reckon the airline should not have continued with the flight after its emergency oxygen supply had been used up. David Meyer, Fortune, "How a Vaping Co-Pilot Allegedly Caused an Oxygen Emergency on His Plane," 13 July 2018 Hitting the production goals laid out by CEO Elon Musk was key because without a steady flow of new Model 3s, Tesla was in danger of exhausting its dwindling cash supply and entering a financial crisis. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will be the first automaker to lose the federal tax credit for electric cars," 12 July 2018 Like the rest of the European Union, Germany relies on Russian exports as its main supply of gas and crude oil. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "Germany Imports Gas From Russia. But Is It a ‘Captive’?," 11 July 2018 Yes, Germany gets more than half its natural gas from Russia, but only 20 percent of its energy supplies come from gas. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Trump does Putin's dirty work at NATO summit | Trudy Rubin," 11 July 2018 The company has demanded the state return its midazolam supply and not use it in Dozier's execution. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018 Virtually all hope was lost when they were finally found and brought back to the surface, still with about two more days of their minimal supplies. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "These dramatic rescues boost hope for boys trapped in water-logged Thailand cave," 4 July 2018 Our supplies have dwindled to but a few dozen sparklers. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "#SecondCivilWarLetters is trending on Twitter in a pretty hilarious way," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of supply

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for supply

Verb

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

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The first known use of supply was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for supply

supply

verb

English Language Learners Definition of supply

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

supply

noun

English Language Learners Definition of supply (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

supply

verb
sup·ply | \sə-ˈplī \
supplied; supplying

Kids Definition of supply

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

supply

noun
plural supplies

Kids Definition of supply (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : store entry 2 sense 3 I keep a supply of pencils in my desk.

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

sup·ply | \sə-ˈplī \
supplied; supplying

Medical Definition of supply 

: 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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