supply

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supply is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
supply

Pronunciation[change]

  • Hyphenation: sup‧ply
verb, noun
adverb

Noun[change]

Singular
supply

Plural
supplies

  1. (countable & uncountable) A supply is an amount of something that you can use when you need it.
    We will need a supply of water.
    During the war, the Americans destroyed their food supply.
    Sadly these books are in very short supply in Britain.
    The price of oil changes quickly to match supply and demand.
  2. (plural only; not used in singular form) Supplies are things like food, water, medicine, gasoline, etc. that people need when they are not near somewhere where they can get them easily.
    The Japanese government is finally planning to send medical supplies and financial support.
  3. (uncountable) Supply is the act or system of supplying something.
    They plan to fix the Russian economy and improve the supply of food and consumer goods.
    The airplane's air supply wasn't working.
See also money supply
See also power supply

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Plain form
supply

Third-person singular
supplies

Past tense
supplied

Past participle
supplied

Present participle
supplying

  1. (transitive) If you supply something, you make it available, usually regularly.
    We were supplied with a few basic tools that we needed for the job.
    Our garden supplies us with all the food we need.
    The office was well supplied with chairs.

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Adverb[change]

Positive
supply

Comparative
more supply

Superlative
most supply

  1. In a supple way.

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