From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsupplysup‧ply1 /səˈplaɪ/ ●●●S2W2 noun (plural supplies)1amount available [countable]KEEP/STORE an amount of something that is available to be usedsupply ofI’ve only got a week’s supply of tablets left.plentiful/abundant/adequate etc supplyThere was a plentiful supply of cheap labour.The nation’s fuel supplies will not last forever.To protect the food supply, the government ordered the slaughter of affected cattle. →money supply2 →supplies3 →gas/electricity/water etc supply4act of supplying [uncountable]PROVIDE when you supply somethingsupply of/toThe military government is trying to stop the supply of guns to the rebels.5 →supply ship/convoy/route etc → in short supplyat short1COLLOCATIONSadjectivesa good supplyIn hot countries, always carry a good supply of water.a plentiful/abundant supply formal:There was a plentiful supply of books and magazines to read.an adequate supplyThe larger cities usually have more modern health facilities and an adequate supply of medicines.a constant/steady/regular supplyFor dairy farming, a constant supply of lush grass is essential.an endless/inexhaustible supply (=one that does not end, or seems not to end)He has an endless supply of jokes.a ready supply (=one that is easily available)The early settlers also found a ready supply of flints in the chalk cliffs.a small/limited supplyThere is a limited supply of land for building.a dwindling supply (=one that is getting smaller)We cannot rely on the dwindling supplies of crude oil and natural gas.a fresh supplyA fresh supply of fuel was needed.verbsuse up/exhaust a supplyThe diver had nearly used up his supply of oxygen.
supply• Johns notes that the strategy of substituting active for passiveraises the problem of supplying a subject for the active clause.• The company suppliesfish to local shops and restaurants.• Interspersed between tragicstories are a few songssupplyingpointed but comicrelief.• He wanted Frank and Raymo to be part of it and he supplied some operationaldetails.• This also supplies the data for D2.• The US government was accused of supplying the rebels with arms and equipment.• To make life easier for the user a keyboardoverlay is supplied which carries the variousoptions.• A great range of waiting-rooms, offices, restaurants, baggage rooms, and a postoffice were supplied within.supply somebody with something• In the 1850s, Stanford started his business by supplying miners withshovels.From Longman Business Dictionarysupplysup‧ply1 /səˈplaɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle supplied) [transitive]1COMMERCEto provide goods or services to customers, especially regularly and over a long period of timeIn certain circumstances they will charge an additional amount when supplying agricultural goods and services.supply something to somebodyThe company supplies products and services to the energy industry.supply somebody with somethingThe computer giant has agreed to supply Mitsubishi with mainframe and minicomputers.2to give someone something they want or needSeveral pharmaceutical companies are supplyingadditional data and making recommendations on labeling.Financing was supplied by a syndicate of international banks.supply somebody with somethingAll employees were supplied with protective clothing.→ See Verb tablesupplysupply2 noun (plural supplies)1[countable]COMMERCEECONOMICS an amount of something that is available to be sold, bought, used etcThe quality of the locallabour supply has helped to keep his company growing.One-quarter of the nation’soil supply is shipped via the pipeline.Coal inventories at the end of March were 390,000 metric tons, a 14-day supply.During times of rapid growth demand for aircraft maintenance resources also tends to outstrip supply. →inelastic supply2be in short supply if something is in short supply, very little of it is availablePricing information is in short supply because computer makers don’t like to talk about the latest trends.The building projects are behind schedule and construction materials in desperately short supply.3water/gas/electricity etc supply a system that provides water, gas etcThepublic water supply company said the charge was related to its environmental testing laboratory. → see alsomoney supply4[uncountable]COMMERCE the act of supplying somethingsupply ofThere were some difficulties in the supply of raw materials.