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.


Nearby words

  1. supplicate,
  2. supplication,
  3. supplicatory,
  4. supplied,
  5. supplier,
  6. supply and demand,
  7. supply chain,
  8. supply teacher,
  9. supply-side,
  10. supply-side economics

Origin of supply

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

Related formssup·pli·er, nounun·sup·plied, adjectivewell-sup·plied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for supplies

supply

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/ (səˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

noun plural -plies

Derived Formssuppliable, adjectivesupplier, noun

Word Origin for supply

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

supply

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supplely (ˈsʌpə)

/ (ˈsʌplɪ) /

adverb

in a supple manner
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Culture 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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