American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make available for use; provide.
- v. To furnish or equip with: supplied sheets for every bed.
- v. To fill sufficiently; satisfy: supply a need.
- v. To make up for (a deficiency, for example); compensate for.
- v. To serve temporarily as a substitute in (a church, for example).
- v. To fill a position as a substitute.
- n. The act of supplying.
- n. Something that is or can be supplied.
- n. An amount available or sufficient for a given use; stock.
- n. Materials or provisions stored and dispensed when needed. Often used in the plural.
- n. Economics The amount of a commodity available for meeting a demand or for purchase at a given price.
- n. A cleric serving as a substitute or temporary pastor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To furnish with what is wanted; afford or furnish a sufficiency for; make provision for; satisfy; provide: with with before that which is provided: as, to supply the poor with clothing.
- To serve instead of; take the place of; repair, as a vacancy or loss; fill: especially applied to places that have become vacant; specifically, of a pulpit, to occupy temporarily.
- To give; grant; afford; provide; furnish.
- To replenish or strengthen as any deficiency occurs; reinforce.
- n. The act of supplying what is wanted.
- n. That which is supplied; means of provision or relief; sufficiency for use or need; a quantity of something supplied or on hand; a stock; a store.
- n. In political economics, the amount or quantity of any commodity that is on the market and is available for purchase. Supply, as the correlative of demand, involves two factors—the possession of a commodity in quantity, and the offer of it for sale or exchange.
- n. plural Necessaries collected and held for distribution and use; stores: as, the army was cut off from its supplies.
- n. plural A grant of money provided by a national legislature to meet the expenses of government. The right of voting supplies in Great Britain is vested in the House of Commons; but a grant from the Commons is not effectual in law without the ultimate assent of the House of Lords and of the sovereign.
- n. Additional troops; reinforcements; succors.
- n. A person who temporarily takes the place of another; a substitute; specifically, a clergyman who officiates in a vacant charge, or in the temporary absence of the pastor.
- n. the engineer corps, to furnish portable military bridges, pontoons, intrenching-tools, torpedoes, and torpedo-supplies;
- n. the quartermaster's department, which furnishes clothing, fuel, forage, quarters, transportation, and camp and garrison equipage;
- n. the subsistence department, which furnishes the provisions; and.
- n. the medical department, which provides medicines, medical and hospital stores, etc.
- v. transitive To provide (something), to make (something) available for use.
- v. transitive To furnish or equip with.
- v. transitive To compensate for, or make up a deficiency of.
- v. intransitive To act as a substitute.
- n. uncountable The act of supplying.
- n. countable An amount of something supplied.
- n. in the plural provisions.
- adv. Supplely: in a supple manner, with suppleness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To fill up, or keep full; to furnish with what is wanted; to afford, or furnish with, a sufficiency; ; -- often followed by
withbefore the thing furnished.
- v. To serve instead of; to take the place of.
- v. To fill temporarily; to serve as substitute for another in, as a vacant place or office; to occupy; to have possession of.
- v. To give; to bring or furnish; to provide.
- n. The act of supplying; supplial.
- n. That which supplies a want; sufficiency of things for use or want.
- n. Auxiliary troops or reënforcements.
- n. The food, and the like, which meets the daily necessities of an army or other large body of men; store; -- used chiefly in the plural.
- n. An amount of money provided, as by Parliament or Congress, to meet the annual national expenditures; generally in the plural.
- n. A person who fills a place for a time; one who supplies the place of another; a substitute; esp., a clergyman who supplies a vacant pulpit.
- adj. Serving to contain, deliver, or regulate a supply of anything.
- v. circulate or distribute or equip with
- n. the activity of supplying or providing something
- v. give something useful or necessary to
- n. an amount of something available for use
- n. offering goods and services for sale
- v. give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
- v. state or say further
- supple + -ly (Wiktionary)
- Middle English supplien, to help, complete, furnish with additional troops, from Old French soupleer, to fill up, from Latin supplēre : sub-, from below; see sub- + plēre, to fill; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The claim that there “can” be a decrease in supply is also weak.”
“In India, the demand over the next 10 years will increase by about 40 percent, whereas the increase in supply from the maturing oil fields is expected to be about 12 percent, said Sing.”
“This year the shortfall in supply is particularly acute in the sugar market.”
“Half of the world's tin supply is in Cornwall and the Malay States, and Great Britain controls that and practically the main part of Bolivia's output.”
“Demand is good while the supply is short for the market," he said.”
“Vaccine supply is short for both private providers and health departments.”
“So while the supply is admittedly low, the demand for this type in Gem might be even lower.”
“French tire maker Michelin, which recently sued what it described as supply cartels for allegedly overcharging the company, is in the early stages of setting up a program to identify and pursue a broader range of claims, according to a company spokeswoman.”
“For readers who want to know, an important account is offered in a pair of new Mercatus Center working papers by the George Mason economists Garett Jones and Daniel Rothschild, who did field research on what they call the supply side of the stimulus.”
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