verb (used with object), sup·plied, sup·ply·ing.
verb (used without object), sup·plied, sup·ply·ing.
noun, plural sup·plies.
- all items necessary for the equipment, maintenance, and operation of a military command, including food, clothing, arms, ammunition, fuel, materials, and machinery.
- procurement, distribution, maintenance, and salvage of supplies.
Origin of supply1
Related Words for suppliesfood, material, provender, store, stock, necessities, stores, replenishments, rations, foodstuffs, materials
Examples from the Web for supplies
Contemporary Examples of supplies
Her business started in a suitcase, where she kept her supplies.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
A Michigan-based company that supplies fasteners to the hardware store, home center, and industrial markets.The 26 Next Hobby Lobbys
December 17, 2014
Manufacturing merchandise, publicity (a radio ad in SF, Facebook ads, venue specific advertising), supplies, shipping.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
Sure, the Red Coats had the upper hand in terms of transportation, supplies and training.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
December 6, 2014
The supplies were provided by Kurdish authorities, the official said.ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of supplies
I'm going to buy our supplies at that house, Stilly, if you have no objections.In the Midst of Alarms
I was informed that it contained only two days' supplies for one brigade.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
We took in supplies at sea, the object being to keep us from getting rusty.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Besides, it supplies a deficiency which would have occurred had it been left out.
With these were also granted 6,000 oxen accustomed to the plough, as well as supplies of seeds, &c.Freeland
verb -plies, -plying or -plied
noun plural -plies
- the act of providing or something that is provided
- (as modifier)a supply dump
- willingness and ability to offer goods and services for sale
- the amount of a commodity that producers are willing and able to offer for sale at a specified priceCompare demand (def. 9)
- the management and disposal of food and equipment
- (as modifier)supply routes
- a person who acts as a temporary substitute
- (as modifier)a supply vicar
Word Origin for supply
late 14c., "to help, support, maintain," also "fill up, make up for," from Old French supplier "fill up, make full," from Latin supplere "fill up, complete," from sub "up from below" + plere "to fill" (see pleio-). The meaning "furnish, provide" first recorded 1520s. Related: Supplied; supplying.
early 15c., "assistance, relief," from supply (v.). Meaning "quantity or amount of something provided" is attested from c.1600. In the political economy sense (corollary of demand) it dates from 1776. Supply-side in reference to economic policy is attested from 1976. Supplies "provisions" is from c.1650.
The amount of any given commodity available for sale at a given time.
see in short supply.