supply


supply
sup|ply1 W2S3 [səˈplaı] n plural supplies
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1¦(amount available)¦
2¦(necessary things)¦
3 gas/electricity/water etc supply
4¦(act of supplying)¦
5 supply ship/convoy/route etc
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1.) ¦(AMOUNT AVAILABLE)¦
an amount of something that is available to be used
supply of
I've only got a week's supply of tablets left.
plentiful/abundant/adequate etc supply
There was a plentiful supply of cheap labour.
The nation's fuel supplies will not last forever.
To protect the food supply , the government ordered the slaughter of affected cattle.
2.) ¦(NECESSARY THINGS)¦
supplies [plural]
food, clothes, and things necessary for daily life or for a particular purpose, especially for a group of people over a period of time
Supplies were brought in by air.
vital/essential/emergency supplies
trucks loaded with emergency supplies
medical/school/cleaning etc supplies
foreign aid used to buy medical supplies
3.) gas/electricity/water etc supply
a system that is used to supply gas etc
the public water supply
If you fail to pay your bill, you run the risk of having your electricity supply cut off (=stopped) .
4.) ¦(ACT OF SUPPLYING)¦[U]
when you supply something
supply of/to
The military government is trying to stop the supply of guns to the rebels.
5.) supply ship/convoy/route etc
a ship etc used for bringing or storing supplies
in short supply atshort1 (5b)
supply 2
supply2 W3S3 past tense and past participle supplied present participle supplying third person singular supplies
v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: soupleier, from Latin supplere 'to fill up, supplement, supply', from sub- 'up' + plere 'to fill']
1.) to provide people with something that they need or want, especially regularly over a long period of time
Paint for the project was supplied by the city.
supply sb with sth
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.
2.) be well/poorly/generously supplied with sth
to have a lot of something, a little of something etc
The lounge was well supplied with ashtrays.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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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

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