Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the activity of supplying or providing something
  2. (noun, process) offering goods and services for sale
  3. (noun, quantity) an amount of something available for use
  4. (verb, communication) state or say further
  5. (verb, consumption) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  6. (verb, possession) give something useful or necessary to
  7. (verb, social) circulate or distribute or equip with
    supply blankets for the beds

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Antonyms of Supply


Alternate forms of Supply

Derivations: supplier, supply, supplying

Hyponyms: accommodate, afford, air-condition, air-cool, alimentation, alphabetize, arm, articulate, bed, berth, bewhisker, board, border, bottom, brattice, bush, buy in, calk, canal, canalise, canalize, capitalise, capitalize, caption, care delivery, cater, causeway, charge, cleat, cloy, coal, computerise, computerize, constitutionalize, copper-bottom, corbel, cornice, costume, crenel, crenelate, crenellate, curtain, dado, date, dish, dish out, dish up, drench, edge, equip, extend, feed, feeding, fill, fire, fit, fit out, fix up, flood, free, fret, fuel, fueling, fulfil, fulfill, fund, furnish, gate, give, glass, glaze, glut, grate, gratify, gutter, hat, headline, headquarter, health care delivery, healthcare delivery, heat, help, hobnail, horse, hydrate, index, indulge, innervate, insert, interleave, irrigation, issuance, issue, issuing, joint, kern, key, leverage, logistics, machicolate, match, meet, nourish, nurture, offer, outfit, oversupply, pander, partner, patch, pimp, pour, power, procure, provision, pump, purvey, purveyance, rafter, rail, railroad, ramp, reflectorise, reflectorize, refueling, regale, reissue, release, reservoir, retrofit, rim, sanitate, satisfy, scant, seat, serve, serve up, shelter, shower, signalise, signalize, skimp, slat, slip in, sneak in, staff, step, stick in, stint, stock, stock up, stocking, subtitle, subvention, surfeit, sustain, tap, terrace, terrasse, theme, ticket, toggle, tool, top, top out, toss in, transistorise, transistorize, treat, tube, unblock, underlay, unfreeze, uniform, upholster, victual, water, wharf, whisker, wive, yield

Hypernyms: activity, distribute, economic process, give, indefinite quantity, say, state, tell

Origin of the word Supply

  1. late 14c., "to help, support, maintain," also "fill up, make up for," from O.Fr. supplier "fill up, make full," from L. supplere "fill up, complete," from sub "up from below" + plere "to fill" (see plenary). The meaning "furnish, provide" first recorded c.1520. more
  2. 1423, "assistance, relief," from supply (v.). Meaning "quantity or amount of something provided" is attested from 1607. In the political economy sense (corollary of demand) it dates from 1776. Supply-side in ref. to economic policy is attested from 1976. Supplies "provisions" is from c.1650. more

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