from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make available for use; provide.
- transitive v. To furnish or equip with: supplied sheets for every bed.
- transitive v. To fill sufficiently; satisfy: supply a need.
- transitive v. To make up for (a deficiency, for example); compensate for.
- transitive v. To serve temporarily as a substitute in (a church, for example).
- intransitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To provide (something), to make (something) available for use.
- v. To furnish or equip with.
- v. To compensate for, or make up a deficiency of.
- v. To act as a substitute.
- n. The act of supplying.
- n. An amount of something supplied.
- n. provisions.
- adv. Supplely: in a supple manner, with suppleness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fill up, or keep full; to furnish with what is wanted; to afford, or furnish with, a sufficiency; ; -- often followed by with before the thing furnished.
- transitive v. To serve instead of; to take the place of.
- transitive v. To fill temporarily; to serve as substitute for another in, as a vacant place or office; to occupy; to have possession of.
- transitive 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.
from The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Old French souploier, from Latin supplere ("to fill up, make full, complete, supply"). (Wiktionary)
supple + -ly (Wiktionary)