to furnish or provide (a person, establishment, place, etc.) with what is lacking or requisite: to supply someone clothing;to supply a community with electricity.
to furnish or provide (something wanting or requisite): to supply electricity to a community.
to make up, compensate for, or satisfy (a deficiency, loss, need, etc.): The TVA supplied the need for cheap electricity.
to fill or occupy as a substitute, as a vacancy, a pulpit, etc.: During the summer local clergymen will supply the pulpit.
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?
the act of supplying, furnishing, providing, satisfying, etc.: to begin the supply of household help.
something that is supplied: The storm cut off our water supply.
a quantity of something on hand or available, as for use; a stock or store: Did you see our new supply of shirts?
Usually supplies . a provision, stock, or store of food or other things necessary for maintenance: to lay in supplies for the winter.
Economics. the quantity of a commodity that is in the market and available for purchase or that is available for purchase at a particular price.
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.
a person who fills a vacancy or takes the place of another, especially temporarily.
supplies. Obsolete. reinforcement (def. 4).
- sup·pli·er, noun
- un·sup·plied, adjective
- well-sup·plied, adjective
How to use supply in a sentence
If you’re looking for a weatherproof, heavy-duty case with plenty of first aid supplies, this one’s for you.The best first aid kits for staying safe and prepared | PopSci Commerce Team | September 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
It supplies Nreal with its Snapdragon processors, allowing the startup’s lightweight mixed reality glasses to easily plug into an Android phone.Qualcomm-powered Chinese XR startup Nreal raises $40 million | Rita Liao | September 4, 2020 | TechCrunch
“Despite a high self-sufficiency ratio for grains, the balance between the food demand and supply has been quite tight in recent years,” Si says.
While the Covid-19 outbreak has hammered the global economy and disrupted supply chains, Apple is seeing strong demand for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers from people working and studying remotely.Apple is prepping 75 million 5G iPhones for later this year | radmarya | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
Greening that supply chain is crucial to the consumer electronics giant’s goal, announced in July, to have a net zero carbon footprint by 2030.Apple is leading the charge to overhaul Taiwan’s renewable energy market | Tim McDonnell | August 31, 2020 | Quartz
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
But the qualities Mario Cuomo brought to public life—compassion, integrity, commitment to principle—remain in short supply today.
If you answered seven or more of these correctly, you are eligible for a lifetime supply of Metamucil.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It would seek to cut off the main Allied lines of supply and communication.
First, how about the expansibility needed to supply adequate funds for crop-moving?Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
What course was taken to supply that assembly when any noble family became extinct?Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
You see, I am the city undertaker, and the people are dying here so fast, that I can hardly supply the demand for coffins.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Almost one-quarter of the total supply printed has been placed in circulation.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
The increased volume of the supply thus produced inevitably forces down the price till it sinks to the point of cost.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for supply (1 of 2)
(tr often foll by with) to furnish with something that is required: to supply the community with good government
(tr; often foll by to or for) to make available or provide (something that is desired or lacking): to supply books to the library
(tr) to provide for adequately; make good; satisfy: who will supply their needs?
to serve as a substitute, usually temporary, in (another's position, etc): there are no clergymen to supply the pulpit
(tr) British to fill (a vacancy, position, etc)
the act of providing or something that is provided
(as modifier): a supply dump
(often plural) an amount available for use; stock
(plural) food, equipment, etc, needed for a campaign or trip
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 price: Compare demand (def. 9)
the management and disposal of food and equipment
(as modifier): supply routes
(often plural) a grant of money voted by a legislature for government expenses, esp those not covered by other revenues
(in Parliament and similar legislatures) the money voted annually for the expenses of the civil service and armed forces
a person who acts as a temporary substitute
(as modifier): a supply vicar
a source of electrical energy, gas, etc
obsolete aid or assistance
- suppliable, adjective
- supplier, noun
British Dictionary definitions for supply (2 of 2)
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.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with supply
see in short supply.
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