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.
- supply and demand,
- supply chain,
- supply teacher,
- supply-side economics
Origin of supply1
Origin of supply2
Examples from the Web for supply
In Mosul, foreign fighters have left, the city is flooded with refugees and supply routes are cut off.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?|Niqash|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It would seek to cut off the main Allied lines of supply and communication.
Future was determined to supply it using the very modes of expression it had turned its back on.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The survivors needed hope for a brighter future, and Murakami sought to supply a salving narrative through his art.
Walmart has gone even further, agreeing to extend this agreement to other crops in its supply chain.
The blast furnaces were not hurt at all, and will be in operation as soon as a supply of coke can be obtained.The Johnstown Flood|Richard K. Fox
It no sooner knew that Mrs. Ben Wah wanted a parrot than it hustled about to supply one at once.The Battle with the Slum|Jacob A. Riis.
The war, and perhaps other causes, have very seriously reduced our supply of meats, the waste of which cannot soon be repaired.
Also the officers had money to supply many of their wants, but all this will appear in the course of the narrative.American Prisoners of the Revolution|Danske Dandridge
Even Miss Bradbury seemed elated over this remarkable coincidence of need and supply on both sides.Six Girls and Bob|Marion Ames Taggart
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.