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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Adverb


Noun supply has 3 senses

Verb supply has 4 senses


supplyv. t. [For older supploy, F. suppléer, OF. also supployer, (assumed) LL. suppletare, from L. supplere, suppletum; sub under + plere to fill, akin to plenus full. See Plenty.].
  •  To fill up, or keep full; to furnish with what is wanted; to afford, or furnish with, a sufficiency; as, rivers are supplied by smaller streams; an aqueduct supplies an artificial lake; -- often followed by with before the thing furnished; as, to supply a furnace with fuel; to supply soldiers with ammunition.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To serve instead of; to take the place of.  [1913 Webster]
    "Burning ships the banished sun supply."  [1913 Webster]
    "The sun was set, and Vesper, to supply
    His absent beams, had lighted up the sky.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To fill temporarily; to serve as substitute for another in, as a vacant place or office; to occupy; to have possession of; as, to supply a pulpit.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To give; to bring or furnish; to provide; as, to supply money for the war.  Prior.  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To furnish; provide; administer; minister; contribute; yield; accommodate.
  •  The act of supplying; supplial.  A. Tucker.  [1913 Webster]
  •  That which supplies a want; sufficiency of things for use or want.  [1913 Webster]
Stated supply (Eccl.), a clergyman employed to supply a pulpit for a definite time, but not settled as a pastor. [U.S.] -- Supply and demand. (Polit. Econ.) Demand means the quantity of a given article which would be taken at a given price. Supply means the quantity of that article which could be had at that price.” F. A. Walker.
     Serving to contain, deliver, or regulate a supply of anything; as, a supply tank or valve.  [1913 Webster]
Supply system (Zoöl.), the system of tubes and canals in sponges by means of which food and water are absorbed. See Illust. of Spongiæ.


supply, v. & n.
--v.tr. (-ies, -ied)
1 provide or furnish (a thing needed).
2 (often foll. by with) provide (a person etc. with a thing needed).
3 meet or make up for (a deficiency or need etc.).
4 fill (a vacancy, place, etc.) as a substitute.
--n. (pl. -ies)
1 the act or an instance of providing what is needed.
2 a stock, store, amount, etc., of something provided or obtainable (a large supply of water; the gas-supply).
3 (in pl.) a the collected provisions and equipment for an army, expedition, etc. b a grant of money by Parliament for the costs of government. c a money allowance to a person.
4 (often attrib.) a person, esp. a schoolteacher or clergyman, acting as a temporary substitute for another.
5 (attrib.) providing supplies or a supply (supply officer).

in short supply available in limited quantity. on supply (of a schoolteacher etc.) acting as a supply. supply and demand Econ. quantities available and required as factors regulating the price of commodities. supply-side Econ. denoting a policy of low taxation and other incentives to produce goods and invest.
supplier n.
supply, adv. (also supplely) in a supple manner .



ability, accommodate, accommodate with, accouterment, accumulation, acting, ad interim, afford, armament, assets, available means, balance, cache, capacity, capital, capital goods, capitalization, cater to, catering, chandlery, clothe, come up with, contribute, deliver, delivery, devices, dispense, disposable resources, distribute, distribution, donate, endow, endowment, equip, equipment, favor with, feed, fill, fill up, find, finding, fit out, fitting out, fulfill, fund, funds, furnish, furnishing, furnishment, give, grist, hand, hand over, heap upon, hoard, holdings, indulge with, interim, inventory, invest, investment, keep, lavish upon, liquid assets, logistics, maintain, make available, make provision for, material resources, materials, materiel, means, method, outfit, outfitting, pour on, power, preparation, prepare, present, pro tem, pro tempore, procurement, property, provide, provide for, providing, provision, provisioning, purvey, purveyance, quantity, raw material, recourses, recruit, reinforcement, replenish, replenishment, reserve, reservoir, resorts, resource, resources, resupply, retailing, rig out, satisfy, sell, selling, shower down upon, staple, stock, stocking, stockpile, stockpiling, store, stuff, subsidization, subsidize, subsidy, substances, subvention, supplying, support, surplus, transfer, turn over, victual, victualing, ways, ways and means, wherewith, wherewithal, yield




N store, stock, fund, mine, vein, lode, quarry, spring, fount, fountain, well, wellspring, milch cow, stock in trade, supply, heap, treasure, reserve, corps de reserve, reserved fund, nest egg, savings, bonne bouche, crop, harvest, mow, vintage, store, accumulation, hoard, rick, stack, lumber, relay, storehouse, storeroom, storecloset, depository, depot, cache, repository, reservatory, repertory, repertorium, promptuary, warehouse, entrepot, magazine, buttery, larder, spence, garner, granary, cannery, safe-deposit vault, stillroom, thesaurus, bank, armory, arsenal, dock, gallery, museum, conservatory, menagery, menagerie, reservoir, cistern, aljibar, tank, pond, mill pond, gasometer, budget, quiver, bandolier, portfolio, coffer, conservation, storing, storage, keep, file (papers), lay in, preserve, Adj, stored, in store, in reserve, in ordinary, spare, supernumerary, adde parvum parvo magnus acervus erit.


N provision, supply, grist, grist for the mill, subvention, resources, groceries, grocery, providing, purveyance, reinforcement, reenforcement, commissariat, provender, ensilage, viaticum, caterer, purveyor, commissary, quartermaster, manciple, feeder, batman, victualer, grocer, comprador, restaurateur, jackal, pelican, sutler, grocery shop, grocery store.

VB provide, make provision, make due provision for, lay in, lay in a stock, lay in a store, supply, suppeditate, furnish, find, find one in, arm, cater, victual, provision, purvey, forage, beat up for, stock, stock with, make good, replenish, fill, fill up, recruit, feed, have in store, have in reserve, keep, keep by one, keep on foot, keep on hand, have to fall back upon, store, provide against a rainy day.


VB deliver, hand, pass, put into the hands of, hand over, make over, deliver over, pass over, turn over, assign dower, present, give away, dispense, dispose of, give out, deal out, dole out, mete out, fork out, squeeze out, pay, render, impart, communicate, concede, cede, yield, part with, shed, cast, spend, give, bestow, confer, grant, accord, award, assign, intrust, consign, vest in, make a present, allow, contribute, subscribe, furnish its quota, invest, endow, settle upon, bequeath, leave, devise, furnish, supply, help, administer to, afford, spare, accommodate with, indulge with, favor with, shower down upon, lavish, pour on, thrust upon, tip, bribe, tickle the palm, grease the palm, offer, sacrifice, immolate.

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