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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: soupleier, from Latin supplere 'to fill up, supplement, supply', from sub- 'up' + plere 'to fill'

supply

2 verb
     
supply2 S3 W3 past tense and past participle supplied, present participle supplying, third person singular supplies [transitive]
1 to provide people with something that they need or want, especially regularly over a long period of time:
Paint for the project was supplied by the city.
supply somebody with something
An informer supplied the police with the names of those involved in the crime.
supply something to somebody
They were arrested for supplying drugs to street dealers.
2

be well/poorly/generously supplied with something

to have a lot of something, a little of something etc:
The lounge was well supplied with ashtrays.

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