supply ( supplies plural & 3rd person present) ( supplying present participle) ( supplied past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you supply someone with something that they want or need, you give them a quantity of it.
...an agreement not to produce or supply chemical weapons. V n
...a pipeline which will supply the major Greek cities with Russian natural gas. V n with n
...the blood vessels supplying oxygen to the brain. V n to n
2 n-plural You can use supplies to refer to food, equipment, and other essential things that people need, especially when these are provided in large quantities.
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What happens when food and gasoline supplies run low?..., The country's only supplies are those it can import by lorry from Vietnam.
3 n-var A supplyof something is an amount of it which someone has or which is available for them to use.
N of n, n N
The brain requires a constant supply of oxygen..., Most urban water supplies in the United States now contain fluoride in varying amounts.
4 n-uncount Supply is the quantity of goods and services that can be made available for people to buy. (BUSINESS, Antonym: demand)
Prices change according to supply and demand.
5 If something is in short supply, there is very little of it available and it is difficult to find or obtain.
in short supply phrase usu v-link PHR Food is in short supply all over the country...
Themoney supply is the total amount of money in a country's economy at any one time. (BUSINESS) n-uncount usu the N
They believed that controlling the money supply would reduce inflation.
supply line ( supply lines plural ) A supply line is a route along which goods and equipment are transported to an army during a war. n-count
The bombing campaign appears aimed at cutting the supply lines between Germany and its army in occupied France.
supply teacher ( supply teachers plural ) A supply teacher is a teacher whose job is to take the place of other teachers at different schools when they are unable to be there.
in AM, use substitute teacher
water supply ( water supplies plural ) The water supply in an area is the water which is collected and passed through pipes to buildings for people to use. n-count
The town is without electricity and the water supply has been cut off.