supplies, supplying, supplied
1) VERB If you supply someone with something that they want or need, you give them a quantity of it.

[V n] agreement not to produce or supply chemical weapons.

[V n with n] ...a pipeline which will supply the major Greek cities with Russian natural gas.

[V n to n] ...the blood vessels supplying oxygen to the brain.

2) N-PLURAL: oft n N You can use supplies to refer to food, equipment, and other essential things that people need, especially when these are provided in large quantities.

What happens when food and gasoline supplies run low?...

The country's only supplies are those it can import by lorry from Vietnam.

3) N-VAR: N of n, n N A supply of something is an amount of it which someone has or which is available for them to use.

The brain requires a constant supply of oxygen...

Most urban water supplies in the United States now contain fluoride in varying amounts.

4) N-UNCOUNT Supply is the quantity of goods and services that can be made available for people to buy. [TECHNICAL]

Prices change according to supply and demand.

5) VERB If you supply a missing word or piece of information, for example in a puzzle, you say or write it because you know it.

[V n] Supply the missing word(s) and you could win a T-shirt.

6) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If something is in short supply, there is very little of it available and it is difficult to find or obtain.

Food is in short supply all over the country...

Nowadays that sort of innocence is in short supply.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Supply — Sup*ply , n.; pl. {Supplies}. 1. The act of supplying; supplial. A. Tucker. [1913 Webster] 2. That which supplies a want; sufficiency of things for use or want. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Auxiliary troops or re[ e]nforcements. My promised… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supply — supply1 [sə plī′] vt. supplied, supplying [ME supplyen < MFr supplier < L supplere, to fill up < sub ,SUB + plere, to fill: see FULL1] 1. to give, furnish, or provide (what is needed or wanted) [to supply tools to workers] 2. to meet t …   English World dictionary

  • Supply — Sup*ply , a. Serving to contain, deliver, or regulate a supply of anything; as, a supply tank or valve. [1913 Webster] {Supply system} (Zo[ o]l.), the system of tubes and canals in sponges by means of which food and water are absorbed. See Illust …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supply — ► VERB (supplies, supplied) 1) make (something needed) available to someone. 2) provide with something needed. 3) be adequate to satisfy (a requirement or demand). ► NOUN (pl. supplies) 1) a stock or amount of someth …   English terms dictionary

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  • Supply —   [sə plaɪ, englisch] der, s, Vorrat, Bestand, in der Wirtschaftstheorie das Angebot; Gegensatz: Demand …   Universal-Lexikon

  • supply — The mode, method, or route by which a given post office or locality receives its mail …   Glossary of postal terms