verb (supplies, supplying, supplied)[with object]
- 1Make (something needed or wanted) available to someone; provide: the farm supplies apples to cider makersMore example sentences
- The crux of the matter is the lack of information supplied by the company, analysts said.
- Horne pointed out that the test's publishers supplied the only research available on the test.
- Buckets for daffodils are available if you can supply daffodils.
- 1.1Provide with something needed or wanted: make sure the workers are supplied with enough building materialsMore example sentences
- It is as if by divine providence that I am supplied educational material just when I need it the most.
- You could also help us by monetary contributions, or by supplying us postal stamps which we can use to send the book to more and more people.
- The inactive passers-by will hopefully have made a contribution by supplying the police with good descriptions of the raiders.
- 1.2Be adequate to satisfy (a requirement or demand): the two reservoirs supply about 1% of the city’s needsMore example sentences
- Three thousand donations are required weekly to supply the demand.
- In the last three years there has been a 30 per cent increase in potting efforts, with virtually the entire local fleet now supplying the demand of processors in France, Spain and Ireland.
- What's going on here is a seemingly great solution for supplying a demand.
- 2 • archaic Take over (a vacant place or role): when she died, no one could supply her placeMore example sentences
- What is there in heaven that supplies its place?
noun (plural supplies)Back to top
- 1A stock or amount of something supplied or available for use: a farm with good water supply the demand for tickets greatly exceeds the supplyMore example sentences
- It would depend on the supply of stocks available and how many targets they have to hit.
- Yesterday my neighbours made an extra trip to the supermarket, stocking up on extra supplies of bottled water and canned food, ‘just in case the worst happens’.
- He added that while the store had ordered extra supplies of bottled water, he had not seen any other unusual related sales trends.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The action of providing what is needed or wanted: the deal involved the supply of forty fighter aircraftMore example sentences
- How will they deal with the issue of power supply?
- ScottishPower is involved in electricity production and supply in both the UK and the US.
- Enron's origins were in companies involved in the production and supply of energy.
- 1.2 [mass noun] Economics The amount of a good or service offered for sale.More example sentences
- We know that producers will offer more supply at a higher price than a lower price, and we know that more consumers will buy more at a lower price than a higher price.
- In the short term, at least, demand for service is far outpacing supply.
- He believes that fewer apartments will now be built in areas with a surplus of supply.
- 1.3 (supplies) The provisions and equipment necessary for an army or for people engaged in a particular project or expedition.More example sentences
provisions, stores, stocks, rations, food, food and drink, foodstuffs, eatables, subsistence, produce, necessitiesequipment, apparatus, paraphernalia, wares, trappings, stuff, tackle, things; Military materiel
- All necessary injection equipment and supplies are provided for each client in an injection room, as well as the means for disposal.
- The bulk of USASOC's planning is making sure the right people with the right equipment and necessary supplies are at the right place at the right time.
- There are too few phone lines, my medical records are in boxes, and all but the most necessary equipment and supplies are in storage.
- 1.4 [as modifier] Providing necessary goods and equipment: a supply shipMore example sentences
- Desert sand is hard on men and equipment and the supply lines are susceptible to guerrilla attacks.
- Was there going to be a pause in the offensive or merely a necessary strengthening of the supply lines before the next stage of action?
- A Royal Fleet Auxiliary supply ship en route to the Middle East has rescued 20 people from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean.
- 2 [usually as modifier] A person, especially a schoolteacher, acting as a temporary substitute for another: a supply teacherMore example sentences
- The interim teachers will work closely with the existing teachers to cover classes, reducing the number of temporary supply teachers the school needs.
- Simon's temporary return as a supply teacher was a welcome relief, providing a long-lost focus to the cast's squabbles.
- Under a innovative scheme launched two years ago, it employs permanent supply teachers to use for cover and has fewer on temporary contracts.
in short supply
- (Of a schoolteacher) acting as a temporary substitute for another: she is on supply at a school in MiddlesbroughMore example sentences
- If we do have a male working here, say on supply, they don't make him feel awkward or uncomfortable, they treat him as just another colleague.
- Once she had graduated, Rowling worked on supply for a year, teaching French.
supply and demand
- The amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price: by the law of supply and demand the cost of health care will plummetMore example sentences
- The main task of the ECSC was to stabilize prices and coordinate supply and demand in the coal and steel market.
- Others argue that in our economy, products find a price point by supply and demand.
- The price system is that which balances supply and demand for scarce goods.
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- The dealers or suppliers could be imposed a fine of hundreds to thousands of leva.
- For entrepreneurs negotiating with their suppliers, it means doing some homework.
- This aims to tackle dealers and suppliers while also offering help to users.
late Middle English: from Old French soupleer, from Latin supplere 'fill up', from sub- 'from below' + plere 'fill'. The early sense of the noun was 'assistance, relief' (chiefly a Scots use).