- 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.
- supplies, Military.
- 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).
- Obsolete. aid.
Origin of supply1
Examples from the Web for supplying
He profited a great deal from knowing how to keep the reporters on his side, supplying the newspapermen with great material.When New York City Hit Its Stride
July 17, 2014
Iran and Russia are supplying planes and forces of their own.Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go
July 3, 2014
Eden Foods Incorporated Eden Foods is a Michigan-based corporation that specializes in supplying macrobiotic, organic food.After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage
June 30, 2014
And there are strong reasons why a person who could make a reputation and a profit off supplying that stuff should do so.Why the Washington Post Switched Bloggers
January 25, 2014
Thanks to Mark Santangelo and Mary Thompson of Mount Vernon for supplying historical research for this column.How George Washington Celebrated Christmas
December 25, 2013
He chose to be rich by making his wants few, and supplying them himself.
They are, however, capable of supplying at least 300,000 inhabitants with abundance of water.Cleveland Past and Present
What a commission from the restaurateur for supplying the refreshments!Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He said it firmly, almost as if he were supplying her with information which she needed and had lacked.A Spirit in Prison
"I suppose he is supplying this young minister's pulpit," returned the warden.The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
- (tr often foll by with) to furnish with something that is requiredto 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; satisfywho 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 priceCompare 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
- in a supple manner
Word Origin and History for supplying
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.
Idioms and Phrases with supplying
see in short supply.