supply

verb
sup·​ply | \ sə-ˈplī How to pronounce supply (audio) \
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 How to pronounce supplier (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for supply

Synonyms: Verb

accoutre (or accouter), equip, fit (out), furnish, gird, kit (up or out) [chiefly British], outfit, provision, rig

Synonyms: Noun

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

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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

Students come by every day to grab from the officers’ stashes, nearly all supplied by the network. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "How a nonprofit turned Baltimore County school storage rooms into a free general store for students in need," 11 June 2019 Separately, Planned Parenthood had addressed and promised to fix the remainder of the state's requirements to renew the license, according to documents supplied by Planned Parenthood and shared with CBS News. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Planned Parenthood St. Louis will stay open with preliminary injunction, judge rules," 10 June 2019 They are all now being detained in prisonlike camps following the territorial defeat of the militants in March, according to figures supplied by the Kurdish authorities. Washington Post, "Eight Americans, including six children, detained during ISIS battles in Syria are sent home," 6 June 2019 Thanks to specimens supplied by the Harvard Herbarium, the interdisciplinary team was able to code the fragrance genes of the extinct flowers, fill in genome gaps with surviving plant DNA, and inject the code into yeast to fabricate scent microbes. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Now Smell a Flower That Went Extinct a Century Ago," 16 Apr. 2019 Our investigation concluded that the issue stems from a specific ingredient supplied by a third party. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Some Rx Bars Have Been Recalled Due to an Undeclared Allergen," 16 Jan. 2019 According to financial documents supplied by Uber, the company generated $2.8 billion in revenue last quarter, a nearly $1.1 billion increase over the same period a year ago, representing 63 percent growth. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber is investing its growth into its next chapter — including scooters and bikes," 15 Aug. 2018 As a result, many conservationists resort to what’s freely available, like the 30-meter-resolution images supplied by the United States Geological Survey. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 Information supplied by the Bel Air Independence Day Committee. The Aegis, "Bel Air July 4 Parade judging results," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Upon registering, each participant will receive a tote bag, a reading log and coupon offers from sponsors (while supplies last). Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "'A Universe of Stories': Harford County Public Library launches Summer Reading Challenge June 17," 13 June 2019 Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Kathleen Saxe, The Mercury News, "Word Game: June 13, 2019," 13 June 2019 All material is provided for this free program, while supplies last. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 12 June 2019 No registration is needed for the sessions, which feature a new craft each week -- while supplies last. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "‘Cahoon in June’ festivities mark 50 years in Bay Village: West Shore Chatter," 11 June 2019 At each laser tag session, the dad with the highest score will receive a laser tag bragging rights T-shirt (while supplies last). Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 15+ spots around Louisville to grab some grub with Dad for Father's Day," 10 June 2019 Prepaid beer or wine tickets are $5 and include a commemorative pint glass (while supplies last). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democratic Club hosts Campa-Najjar... community events this weekend," 7 June 2019 Each of the limited edition collaborations will be available for purchase on each of the partner sites while supplies last. Marie Claire, "Summer Water Rosé and Eberjey Partnered to Create the Perfect Summer PJs," 7 June 2019 Offer good while supplies last at participating locations. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "National Doughnut Day 2019: Where to get free doughnuts today; Walmart, Krispy Kreme," 7 June 2019

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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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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
: 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 How to pronounce supply (audio) \
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 How to pronounce supply (audio) \
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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