[ suh-plahy ]
/ s蓹藞pla瑟 /
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verb (used with object), sup路plied, sup路ply路ing.
verb (used without object), sup路plied, sup路ply路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路plies.
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Origin of supply

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English verb sup(p)lien 鈥渢o fill up, complete,鈥 from Middle French souplier, soupleer, ultimately from Latin suppl膿re 鈥渢o fill up鈥 (equivalent to sup- prefix + pl膿re 鈥渢o fill鈥); noun derivative of the verb; see sup- full1


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Other definitions for supply (2 of 2)

[ suhp-lee ]
/ 藞s蕦p li /

in a supple manner or way; supplely.

Origin of supply

First recorded in 1525鈥35; supple + -ly
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What is a basic definition of聽supply?

The word supply is used as a verb to mean to provide something. As a noun, supply refers to a stockpile or quantity of something. Supply has several other senses as a verb or a noun.

As a verb, supply means to give something. You might supply something in response to a request for that item, as when a clothing factory supplies a department store with new clothes in return for money. You might supply something that satisfies a need, as when plants supply us with oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Or you might supply something in order to make up for a deficiency, as when a food pantry supplies food for hungry people.

  • Real-life examples: A hydroelectric dam can supply a city with electricity. Soup kitchens supply impoverished people with food. Nature often supplies water and sunlight to plants.
  • Used in a sentence: The teacher supplied pencils and paper to the students.

As a noun, supply means an amount of something that has been stored up or stockpiled. For example, almost everyone keeps a supply of food in their house. The plural of supply is supplies and is used when more than one type of thing is being stored.

  • Real-life examples: Hospitals keep a supply of blood to use for emergencies. It is a good idea to keep an ample supply of toilet paper so you never run out. Soldiers are often given a lot of supplies to carry with them in case of problems.
  • Used in a sentence: The grocery story was running low on its supply of milk.

Where does聽supply come from?

The first records of the verb supply come from around 1325. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb suppl膿re, which means 鈥渢o fill up.鈥 The first records of the noun come from around 1420. It comes from the verb.

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What are some other forms related to supply?

  • supplier (noun)
  • unsupplied (adjective)
  • well-supplied (adjective)

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How is聽supply used in real life?

Supply is a common word that means to give something or means a stored quantity of something.

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British Dictionary definitions for supply (1 of 2)

/ (s蓹藞pla瑟) /

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 suppl膿re to complete, from sub- up + pl膿re to fill

British Dictionary definitions for supply (2 of 2)


supplely (藞s蕦pl瑟)

/ (藞s蕦pl瑟) /

in a supple manner
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Cultural definitions for supply


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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with supply


see in short supply.

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