supply1 [sə plī′]
supplied, supplying [ME supplyen < MFr supplier < L supplere, to fill up < sub-,SUB- + plere, to fill: see FULL1]
1. to give, furnish, or provide (what is needed or wanted) [to supply tools to workers]
2. to meet the needs or requirements of; furnish, provide, or equip with what is needed or wanted [to supply workers with tools]
3. to compensate for; make good [to supply a deficiency]
4. to act as a substitute in; fill or serve in temporarily [to supply another's pulpit]
to serve as a temporary substitute
pl. supplies
1. the act of supplying
2. an amount or quantity available for use; stock; store
3. [pl.] materials, provisions, etc. for supplying an army, expedition, a business, etc.; sometimes, specif., provisions for an army other than materiel, vehicles, etc.
4. [often pl.] Chiefly Brit. an amount of money granted for government expenses; appropriation
5. a temporary substitute, as for a minister
6. Obs.
a) aid; assistance
b) reinforcements
7. Econ. the amount of a commodity available for purchase at a given price: opposed to DEMAND
1. having to do with a supply or supplies
2. serving as a substitute
supply2 [sup′lē]
in a supple manner; supplely

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