supply


supply
1 noun
1 AMOUNT AVAILABLE (C) an amount of something that is available to be used
(+ of): a regular supply of fresh vegetables | More donors are needed as blood supplies are running low.
2 be in short supply if something is in short supply, there is very little of it available and it is difficult to get: Chocolate was in short supply during the war.
3 gas/electricity/water supply a system that is used to supply gas etc: cut off a supply (=stop the supply): During the drought some households had their water supply cut off.
4 NECESSARY THINGS supplies (plural) food, clothes and things necessary for daily life, especially for a group of people over a period of time: A convoy of trucks packed with vital medical supplies succeeded in reaching the town.
5 supply and demand (U) the relationship between the amount of goods for sale and the amount that people want to buy, especially the way it influences prices
6 ACT OF SUPPLYING (U) the act or process of supplying something: The military government is trying to stop the supply of guns to the rebels. | supply of oxygen to the brain
7 supply ship/convoy/route etc a ship etc used for bringing or storing supplies
—see also: money supply 2 verb (T) to provide people with something that they need or want, especially regularly over a long period of time: supply sb with sth: US forces mounted a massive air operation to keep the city supplied with food. | An informer supplied the police with the names of those involved in the crime. | supply sth to sb: They were arrested for supplying drugs to street dealers.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Supply — Sup*ply , n.; pl. {Supplies}. 1. The act of supplying; supplial. A. Tucker. [1913 Webster] 2. That which supplies a want; sufficiency of things for use or want. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Auxiliary troops or re[ e]nforcements. My promised… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supply — supply1 [sə plī′] vt. supplied, supplying [ME supplyen < MFr supplier < L supplere, to fill up < sub ,SUB + plere, to fill: see FULL1] 1. to give, furnish, or provide (what is needed or wanted) [to supply tools to workers] 2. to meet t …   English World dictionary

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