supply

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[ suh-plahy ]
/ səˈplaɪ /

verb (used with object), sup·plied, sup·ply·ing.

verb (used without object), sup·plied, sup·ply·ing.

to fill the place of another, especially the pulpit of a church, temporarily or as a substitute: Who will supply until the new minister arrives?

noun, plural sup·plies.

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Origin of supply

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1325–75; (v.) Middle English sup(p)lien < Middle French souplier, variant of soupleer ≪ Latin supplēre to fill up, equivalent to sup- sup- + plēre to fill (see full1); (noun) late Middle English: aid, succor, derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM supply

sup·pli·er, nounun·sup·plied, adjectivewell-sup·plied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for supplies (1 of 2)

supply1
/ (səˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

noun plural -plies

Derived forms of supply

suppliable, adjectivesupplier, noun

Word Origin for supply

C14: from Old French souppleier, from Latin supplēre to complete, from sub- up + plēre to fill

British Dictionary definitions for supplies (2 of 2)

supply2

supplely (ˈsʌpə)

/ (ˈsʌplɪ) /

adverb

in a supple manner
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Cultural definitions for supplies

supply

The amount of any given commodity available for sale at a given time.

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Idioms and Phrases with supplies

supply

see in short supply.

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