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verb (supplies, supplying, supplied) [with object]
make (something needed or wanted) available to someone; provide:the farm supplies apples to cider makers provide (someone) with something needed or wanted:they struggled to supply the besieged island with aircraft be adequate to satisfy (a requirement or demand):the two reservoirs supply about 1% of the city’s needs archaic take over (a place or role left by someone else):when she died, no one could supply her place
noun (plural supplies)
a stock of a resource from which a person or place can be provided with the necessary amount of that resource:there were fears that the drought would limit the exhibition’s water supply the action of providing what is needed or wanted:the deal involved the supply of forty fighter aircraft Economics the amount of a good or service offered for sale.
) the provisions and equipment necessary for an army or for people engaged in a particular project or expedition.
) British a grant of money by Parliament for the costs of government.
[usually as modifier] a person acting as a temporary substitute for another. [as modifier] providing necessary goods and equipment:a supply ship