AskDefine | Define supply

Dictionary Definition



1 an amount of something available for use
2 offering goods and services for sale [ant: demand]
3 the activity of supplying or providing something [syn: provision, supplying]


1 provide or furnish with; "We provided the room with an electrical heater" [syn: provide, render, furnish]
2 circulate or distribute or equip with; "issue a new uniform to the children"; "supply blankets for the beds" [syn: issue] [ant: recall]
3 provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests" [syn: provide, ply, cater]
4 state or say further; "`It doesn't matter,' he supplied" [syn: add, append] [also: supplied]

User Contributed Dictionary


Alternative forms


    • , /səˈplaɪ/, /s@"plaI/
    • Rhymes with: -aɪ
  • a adverb
    • , /ˈsʌpli/, /"sVpli/

Etymology 1



  1. To provide (something), to make (something) available for use.
  2. To furnish or equip with.
  3. To compensate for, or make up a deficiency of.
  4. To act as a substitute.
provide, make available for use
furnish or equip with
compensate for, make up for a deficiency of
act as a substitute
Derived terms


  1. The act of supplying.
    supply and demand
  2. An amount of something supplied.
    A supply of good drinking water is essential.
  3. provisions.
Derived terms
act of supplying
amount supplied

Etymology 2

supple + -ly


  1. In a supple manner, with suppleness.

Extensive Definition

Supply may refer to:

See also

supply in Spanish: Oferta

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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