- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM supplysup·pli·er, nounun·sup·plied, adjectivewell-sup·plied, adjective
Other definitions for supply (2 of 2)
How to use supply in a sentence
When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
Her business started in a suitcase, where she kept her supplies.
A Michigan-based company that supplies fasteners to the hardware store, home center, and industrial markets.
She was detained after rebels found photos on her tablet computer showing supplies she gave to Ukrainian fighters.
Manufacturing merchandise, publicity (a radio ad in SF, Facebook ads, venue specific advertising), supplies, shipping.
This vessel, loaded with supplies, went ashore and was lost; and one hundred and twenty Japanese and three Dutchmen were drowned.
Napoleon himself arrived at Wrzburg on October 2nd, and found his army concentrated, but deficient of supplies.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
This would be very useful and convenient for sending supplies thence to Terrenate, during the whole year.
About the same time it was discovered that the boats had neither oars, nor rudders, nor supplies of food.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
All were badly and insufficiently fed, as much from disorganized commissariat arrangements as from actual want of supplies.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for supply (1 of 2)
- 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
Derived forms of supplysuppliable, adjectivesupplier, noun
Word Origin for supply
British Dictionary definitions for supply (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for supply
The amount of any given commodity available for sale at a given time.
Other Idioms and Phrases with supply
see in short supply.