supply
I. verb (supplied; supplying) Etymology: Middle English supplien to complete, compensate for, from Middle French soupplier, from Latin supplēre to fill up, complete, raise (a military unit, crew) to its full complement, substitute, from sub- up + plēre to fill — more at sub-, full Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to add as a supplement 2. [Middle French souploier, alteration of soupplier] a. to provide for ; satisfy <
laws by which the material wants of men are suppliedBulletin of Bates College
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b. to make available for use ; provide <
supplied the necessary funds
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c. to satisfy the needs or wishes of d. to furnish (organs, tissues, or cells) with a vital element (as blood or nerve fibers) 3. to substitute for another in; specifically to serve as a supply in (a church or pulpit) intransitive verb to serve as a supply or substitute • supplier noun II. noun (plural supplies) Date: 15th century 1. obsolete assistance, succor 2. a. obsolete reinforcements — often used in plural b. a member of the clergy filling a vacant pulpit temporarily c. the quantity or amount (as of a commodity) needed or available <
beer was in short supply in that hot weather — Nevil Shute
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d. provisions, stores — usually used in plural 3. the act or process of filling a want or need <
engaged in the supply of raw materials to industry
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4. the quantities of goods or services offered for sale at a particular time or at one price 5. something that maintains or constitutes a supply

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  • Supply — Sup*ply , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Supplied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supplying}.] [For older supploy, F. suppl[ e]er, OF. also supployer, (assumed) LL. suppletare, from L. supplere, suppletum; sub under + plere to fill, akin to plenus full. See {Plenty}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Supply — may refer to:*Supply and demand theory *Government budget, in the Westminster System *Materiel, the goods and equipment that a military unit needs to fulfill its missionee also*Logistics *Military Supply Chain Management *Provider *Public finance …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • Supply — Sup*ply , a. Serving to contain, deliver, or regulate a supply of anything; as, a supply tank or valve. [1913 Webster] {Supply system} (Zo[ o]l.), the system of tubes and canals in sponges by means of which food and water are absorbed. See Illust …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supply — ► VERB (supplies, supplied) 1) make (something needed) available to someone. 2) provide with something needed. 3) be adequate to satisfy (a requirement or demand). ► NOUN (pl. supplies) 1) a stock or amount of someth …   English terms dictionary

  • supply# — supply vb *provide, furnish Analogous words: *replace, supplant, supersede: compensate, satisfy, recompense (see PAY): fulfill, *satisfy, answer: sustain, *support, prop, bolster, buttress supply n * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • supply — I verb accommodate with, accouter, administer, afford, bestow, cater, contribute, deal out, deliver, distribute, endow, endue, equip, feed, fill up, fit out, furnish, give, grant, invest, lavish, maintain, minister, ministrare, oblige, outfit,… …   Law dictionary

  • supply — [n] reserve of goods accumulation, amount, backlog, cache, fund, hoard, inventory, number, quantity, reservoir, source, stock, stockpile, store, surplus; concept 712 Ant. debt, lack supply [v] furnish, provide, give a resource afford, cater,… …   New thesaurus

  • Supply —   [sə plaɪ, englisch] der, s, Vorrat, Bestand, in der Wirtschaftstheorie das Angebot; Gegensatz: Demand …   Universal-Lexikon

  • supply — The mode, method, or route by which a given post office or locality receives its mail …   Glossary of postal terms

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