1 furnish, provide, give, endow, present, purvey, deliver, come up with, contribute, distribute, sell; stock, accommodate, afford, equip, outfit, gear (up), rig (out), fit (out), provision, cater to, Chiefly Brit kit out or up; victual:
Her company supplies radios to the army. Her husband's firm supplies the navy with anti-fouling paint.
2 yield, give, contribute, come up with, deliver, provide, furnish:
The farm supplies our basic foods.
3 satisfy, fulfil, replenish, fill:
Can you supply the demand for clothing?
4 stock, stockpile, store, inventory, quantity, reservoir, reserve, cache, hoard, accumulation, fund:
Our supply is big enough to serve the entire area.
5 furnishing, provision, providing, purveying, supplying, distribution, equipping, outfitting, provisioning, delivery, stocking, stockpiling:
The supply of microchips on a large scale is beyond our capacity.
1 sth that is supplied
It is impossible to measure the total supply of money in circulation.
| endless, inexhaustible, infinite, limitless, never-ending, unending
He has an endless supply of corny jokes.
| abundant, bountiful, good, large, plentiful | adequate, ample, sufficient | 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
the provision of a reliable supply of clean water to rural communities
| domestic | air, blood, oxygen, etc.
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 mid-1950s. Turn off the mains electricity supply.
| mains | labour
The farmers depend on a casual labour supply at harvest time.
the country's problems with ballooning inflation and swelling money supply
VERB + SUPPLY
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 films.
| ensure, maintain | cut off, disconnect, disrupt, stop
The electricity company disconnected our supply for non-payment of a bill. The storm disrupted the town's power supply.
| deplete, exhaust, use (up)
By the end of the winter the supply of grain was severely depleted.
| replenish, restore | increase | restrict, limit, reduce | exceed, outstrip
Demand for top-quality programmers exceeds supply, leading to extortionate salaries.
SUPPLY + VERB
increase | fall | exceed/meet demand
Labour supply did not increase to meet demand.
SUPPLY + NOUN
the water supply system
a supply of spare batteries
| ~ to
to maintain an adequate water supply to the inner city areas
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/a shortfall in supply
There will soon be a shortfall in supply of qualified young people.
| an increase in supply 2 supplies
amount of sth needed
abundant, plentiful | limited, meagre | vital | emergency, relief | arms, food, medical, military, office
The Red Cross flew emergency food supplies into the war zone.
VERB + SUPPLY
bring (in/up), lay in, provide (sb/sth with)
The money raised will provide vital medical supplies to refugee camps.
| be/run out of, be/run short of | threaten
Rebel action threatened relief supplies.
SUPPLY + VERB
hold out, last | be depleted, be exhausted, run low/out/short
The injured climbers had only meagre supplies of water and peanuts to live off. verb
amply, liberally, well | adequately
Any room where gas is used must be adequately supplied with air.
| poorly | generously, kindly
a buffet supper, generously supplied by club members
| readily | 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.
goods supplied for private use
The water was supplied from an eight-wheeled tanker.
They were accused of supplying arms to the rebels.
He refused to supply the police with information.
a contract to supply sth, intent to supply (sb/sth)
(law) He was charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply others.
| keep sb/sth supplied with sth
keeping the guests well supplied with champagne
Random quote: To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.: Theodore H. WhiteLatest queries: renovation, oblivion, casa, madame, identity, comfortable, between, upholster, stormy, searing, jubilant, bordello, waft, frowsy, tolerance, sad, throaty, ripple effect, staircase, supply,