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. Verb
The company supplied the necessary money.
You'll have to supply your own food. See More
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Home sales have dropped this year, as high prices, high borrowing costs and a low supply of available homes have combined to send potential buyers to the sidelines.—Catherine Allen, NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 On the other hand, the technology behind the tankless models allows for an endless supply of hot water.—Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 Both benchmarks rose over 2% on Monday, as expectations of further supply cuts from Saudi Arabia and Russia as well as a weaker dollar helped propel prices, according to ING.—WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 Patients can receive 90 days’ worth of supplies and medications at once.—Angela Hart, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2023 This very slow rollout of legal dispensaries has created a vacuum in the supply of safe and tested cannabis products.—Stu Zakim, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2023 The crisis has forced supermarkets to put their olive oil supplies under lock and key just to prevent it from being stolen.—Byprarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 20 Nov. 2023 In recent days, fighting near Shifa and other hospitals in the combat zone of northern Gaza has intensified and supplies have run out.—CBS News, 11 Nov. 2023 Rocket Lab announced Wednesday that engineers have determined the failure of the company's most recent Electron rocket flight in September was likely caused by an unexpected electrical arc occurring within the upper stage's power supply system.—Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2023
The suede exterior combined with the chain detail across the upper keeps style front and center while still supplying comfort with its cushioned footbed.—Ali Faccenda, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 Kinloch Anderson supplies fine kilts, kilt accessories, Scottish tartans, luxury clothing, and gifts.—Ross Kenneth Urken, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2023 Here are some other ideas that organizers say are always helpful:
Over the holiday break, families will be stocking up on expensive back-to-school items, says Levato.—Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2023 If Ukraine had been supplied with enough military support to control its airspace early on, Penn argues, the war that began with Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion last year could have been ended by now.—Will Tizard, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 Customers only pay the costs of supplying it, not for the water itself.—Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 Wind and solar power are intermittent, whereas coal plants supply electricity around the clock, day in and day out.—William F. Shughart Ii, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Earlier this year, amid American allegations that South Africa had supplied arms to Russia, the U.S. rebuked the government for hosting Russian and Chinese vessels for naval exercises.—James Myburgh, National Review, 15 Nov. 2023 Israeli soldiers patrol the Al-Shifa hospital complex in Gaza City in images the Israeli military supplied Wednesday.—Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English supplien "to fill up, accomplish, discharge (an office)," borrowed from Middle French soupplier "to add what is lacking to" (also souppleer, suploier "to make up for [a lack, deficiency]," suppleer a, soupplir "to replace"), going back to Latin supplēre "to fill up, complete, raise (a military unit, crew) to its full complement, make good a deficiency in," from sub-sub- + plēre "to fill" — more at full entry 1
Though the French verb receives its semantic start with Latin supplēre, none of the great variety of formal outcomes appear to be directly traceable to it. Variants such as suploier and soupplier have evidently been crossed with outcomes of supplicāre "to sue for forgiveness, supplicate" (see also suppliant entry 1). The form suppleer, which may be directly behind Modern French suppléer, appears to have been both latinized (after supplēre) and conformed to verbs such as créer. The variant soupplir suggests the general Romance re-formation *supplīre (compare Old Occitan and Spanish suplir, Italian sopperire).