supply


supply
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noun
1 sth that is supplied
ADJECTIVE
total

It is impossible to measure the total supply of money in circulation.

available
endless, inexhaustible, infinite, limitless, never-ending, unending, unlimited

He has an endless supply of corny jokes.

abundant, bountiful, good, large, plentiful
adequate, ample, sufficient
excess
inadequate, limited, small

Hurry, as we only have a limited supply of these TVs in stock!

dwindling
constant, continuous, regular, steady
fresh

The body needs a fresh supply of vitamin C every day.

ready, reliable

a reliable supply of clean water to communities

domestic
air, blood, oxygen

A clot in the brain cut off her blood supply.

food, milk, water, etc.
coal, electricity, energy, fuel, gas, oil, power, etc.

Domestic coal supplies were more plentiful in the 1950s.

Turn off the mains electricity supply. (BrE)

mains (BrE)
labour/labor

The farmers depend on a casual labour/labor supply at harvest time.

money

the country's problems with inflation and money supply

VERB + SUPPLY
have

Make sure you have an adequate supply of brochures.

get, lay in, obtain, receive

We should lay in a good supply of beer for the party.

produce, provide

The studio produced a steady supply of good movies.

ensure, maintain
cut off, disconnect, disrupt, stop

The electricity company disconnected our supply.

The storm disrupted the town's power supply.

deplete, exhaust, use, use up

By the end of the winter the supply of grain was severely depleted.

replenish, restock (esp. AmE), restore
increase
control, limit, reduce, restrict
exceed, outstrip

Demand for top-quality programmers exceeds supply, leading to extortionate salaries.

SUPPLY + VERB
increase
fall
exceed demand, meet demand

Supply did not increase to meet demand.

SUPPLY + NOUN
chain, line, network
system

the water supply system

contract
closet, room (both AmE)
depot, store (esp. AmE)

I went to the office supply store.

convoy, ship, train
route
PREPOSITION
supply of

a supply of spare batteries

supply to

to maintain an adequate water supply to the city

PHRASES
be in short supply

Food is in short supply following the flooding.

demand and supply, supply and demand

laws of supply and demand

a fall in supply, a shortfall in supply

There will soon be a shortfall in the supply of qualified people.

an increase in supply
2 supplies amount of sth needed
ADJECTIVE
abundant, plentiful
limited, meagre/meager
vital
basic
emergency, humanitarian, relief
arms, food

The Red Cross flew emergency food supplies into the war zone.

medical, military
farm (esp. AmE), office, school (esp. AmE)
cleaning (esp. AmE)
VERB + SUPPLIES
bring, bring in, lay in, provide (sb/sth with)

The money raised will provide vital medical supplies to refugee camps.

deliver
be out of, be short of
run out of, run short of
threaten

Rebel action threatened relief supplies.

buy
gather
SUPPLIES + VERB
hold out, last
be depleted, be exhausted, run out
dwindle, run low, run short
PREPOSITION
supply of

The injured climbers had only meagre/meager supplies of water and peanuts to live off.

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verb
ADVERB
amply, well

It was a spacious room amply supplied with expensive furniture.

The room was well supplied with reading material.

adequately

Any room where gas is used must be adequately supplied with air.

poorly
generously, helpfully, kindly

a buffet supper, generously supplied by club members

readily

Calvin readily supplied the information.

free, free of charge
VERB + SUPPLY
agree to
refuse to
fail to
ask sb to

Each applicant is asked to supply a portfolio of work at interview.

PREPOSITION
for

goods supplied for private use

from

The water was supplied from a tanker.

to

They were accused of supplying arms to the rebels.

with

He refused to supply the police with information.

PHRASES
a contract to supply sth
keep sb/sth supplied with sth

She kept the guests well supplied with champagne.

with intent to supply (sb/sth) (BrE, law)

He was jailed for possession of heroin with intent to supply.

Supply is used with these nouns as the object: ↑clue

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Supply — Sup*ply , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Supplied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supplying}.] [For older supploy, F. suppl[ e]er, OF. also supployer, (assumed) LL. suppletare, from L. supplere, suppletum; sub under + plere to fill, akin to plenus full. See {Plenty}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Supply — may refer to:*Supply and demand theory *Government budget, in the Westminster System *Materiel, the goods and equipment that a military unit needs to fulfill its missionee also*Logistics *Military Supply Chain Management *Provider *Public finance …   Wikipedia

  • Supply — Sup*ply , n.; pl. {Supplies}. 1. The act of supplying; supplial. A. Tucker. [1913 Webster] 2. That which supplies a want; sufficiency of things for use or want. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Auxiliary troops or re[ e]nforcements. My promised… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supply — supply1 [sə plī′] vt. supplied, supplying [ME supplyen < MFr supplier < L supplere, to fill up < sub ,SUB + plere, to fill: see FULL1] 1. to give, furnish, or provide (what is needed or wanted) [to supply tools to workers] 2. to meet t …   English World dictionary

  • Supply — Sup*ply , a. Serving to contain, deliver, or regulate a supply of anything; as, a supply tank or valve. [1913 Webster] {Supply system} (Zo[ o]l.), the system of tubes and canals in sponges by means of which food and water are absorbed. See Illust …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supply — ► VERB (supplies, supplied) 1) make (something needed) available to someone. 2) provide with something needed. 3) be adequate to satisfy (a requirement or demand). ► NOUN (pl. supplies) 1) a stock or amount of someth …   English terms dictionary

  • supply# — supply vb *provide, furnish Analogous words: *replace, supplant, supersede: compensate, satisfy, recompense (see PAY): fulfill, *satisfy, answer: sustain, *support, prop, bolster, buttress supply n * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • supply — I verb accommodate with, accouter, administer, afford, bestow, cater, contribute, deal out, deliver, distribute, endow, endue, equip, feed, fill up, fit out, furnish, give, grant, invest, lavish, maintain, minister, ministrare, oblige, outfit,… …   Law dictionary

  • supply — [n] reserve of goods accumulation, amount, backlog, cache, fund, hoard, inventory, number, quantity, reservoir, source, stock, stockpile, store, surplus; concept 712 Ant. debt, lack supply [v] furnish, provide, give a resource afford, cater,… …   New thesaurus

  • Supply —   [sə plaɪ, englisch] der, s, Vorrat, Bestand, in der Wirtschaftstheorie das Angebot; Gegensatz: Demand …   Universal-Lexikon

  • supply — The mode, method, or route by which a given post office or locality receives its mail …   Glossary of postal terms


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