Supply Definition

sə-plī
supplied, supplies, supplying
verb
supplied, supplies, supplying
To give, furnish, or provide (what is needed or wanted)
To supply tools to workers.
Webster's New World
To serve as a temporary substitute.
Webster's New World
To meet the needs or requirements of; furnish, provide, or equip with what is needed or wanted.
To supply workers with tools.
Webster's New World
To have as a necessary or desirable feature.
A crime scene that supplied valuable evidence.
American Heritage
To fill sufficiently; satisfy.
Supply a need.
American Heritage
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noun
supplies
The act of supplying.
Webster's New World
An amount or quantity available for use; stock; store.
Webster's New World
Materials or provisions stored and dispensed when needed.
American Heritage
Materials, provisions, etc. for supplying an army, expedition, a business, etc.; sometimes, specif., provisions for an army other than materiel, vehicles, etc.
Webster's New World
An amount of money granted for government expenses; appropriation.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Having to do with a supply or supplies.
Webster's New World
Serving as a substitute.
Webster's New World
adverb
In a supple manner; supplely.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Supply

Noun

Singular:
supply
Plural:
supplies

Origin of Supply

  • Middle English supplien to help, complete, furnish with additional troops from Old French soupleer to fill up from Latin supplēre sub- from below sub– plēre to fill pelə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French souploier, from Latin supplere (“to fill up, make full, complete, supply").

    From Wiktionary

  • supple +"Ž -ly

    From Wiktionary

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