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I UK [səˈplaɪ] / US noun
Word forms "supply":
singular supply plural supplies
1) [countable] an amount or quantity of something that is available to use

A limited oil supply has made gas prices rise.

supply of:

The falling leaves provide a good supply of nutrients to the soil.

a constant/endless/steady/abundant supply:

Aquarium fish need a constant supply of oxygen.

2) supplies
[plural] things such as food, medicine, and equipment that you need to live or to perform a particular activity

The trucks carried medicine and other supplies across the border.

What kind of camping supplies will we need for the weekend?

a) [uncountable] the act or process of providing something that is needed
the supply of something to something:

This muscle controls the supply of blood to the heart.

stopping the supply of drugs to our children

b) [only before noun] used for getting a supply of something to someone

a supply boat/truck/road

in short/limited supply — available only in small quantities, so that there is not enough

Electricity and telephones are in limited supply on the island.

Food is likely to be in short supply until the strike is over.

II UK [səˈplaɪ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "supply":
present tense I/you/we/they supply he/she/it supplies present participle supplying past tense supplied past participle supplied
to provide someone or something with something that they need or want

Can you supply a list of the guests?

supply something to someone/something:

Two huge generators supply power to farms in the area.

supply someone/something with something:

They revealed that he had supplied terrorist organizations with weapons.

English dictionary. 2014.

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