Definition of supply verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

supply

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//səˈplaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈplaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they supply
BrE BrE//səˈplaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈplaɪ//
 
he / she / it supplies
BrE BrE//səˈplaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈplaɪz//
 
past simple supplied
BrE BrE//səˈplaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈplaɪd//
 
past participle supplied
BrE BrE//səˈplaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈplaɪd//
 
-ing form supplying
BrE BrE//səˈplaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈplaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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 (supplies, supplying, supplied, supplied) to provide somebody/something with something that they need or want, especially in large quantities supply something to somebody/something Foreign governments supplied arms to the rebels. supply somebody/something with something Foreign governments supplied the rebels with arms. This one power station keeps half the country supplied with electricity. supply somebody/something Local schools supply many of the volunteers. foods supplying our daily vitamin needs She was jailed for supplying drugs. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French soupleer, from Latin supplere ‘fill up’, from sub- ‘from below’ + plere ‘fill’. The early sense of the noun was ‘assistance, relief’ (chiefly a Scots use).Extra examples Any room where gas is used must be adequately supplied with air. Calvin readily supplied the information. Each applicant is asked to supply a portfolio of work at interview. He refused to supply the police with information. He was charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply others. She kept the guests well supplied with champagne. The room was well supplied with reading material. The water was supplied from a tanker. The water was supplied from an eight-wheeled tanker. They were accused of supplying arms to the rebels. a buffet supper, generously supplied by club members goods supplied for private use Here is a list of foods supplying our daily vitamin needs.
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