—v.t. 1. to furnish or provide (a person, establishment, place, etc.) with what is lacking or requisite: to supply someone clothing; to supply a community with electricity. 2. to furnish or provide (something wanting or requisite): to supply electricity to a community. 3. to make up, compensate for, or satisfy (a deficiency, loss, need, etc.): The TVA supplied the need for cheap electricity. 4. to fill or occupy as a substitute, as a vacancy, a pulpit, etc.: During the summer local clergymen will supply the pulpit.
—v.i. to fill the place of another, esp. the pulpit of a church, temporarily or as a substitute: Who will supply until the new minister arrives?
—n. 1. the act of supplying, furnishing, providing, satisfying, etc.: to begin the supply of household help. 2. something that is supplied: The storm cut off our water supply. 3. a quantity of something on hand or available, as for use; a stock or store: Did you see our new supply of shirts? 4. Usually, supplies. a provision, stock, or store of food or other things necessary for maintenance: to lay in supplies for the winter. 5. Econ.the quantity of a commodity that is in the market and available for purchase or that is available for purchase at a particular price.
6. supplies,Mil. a. all items necessary for the equipment, maintenance, and operation of a military command, including food, clothing, arms, ammunition, fuel, materials, and machinery.
b. procurement, distribution, maintenance, and salvage of supplies.
7. a person who fills a vacancy or takes the place of another, esp. temporarily.
Pronunciation: (sup'lē),[key] —adv. in a supple manner or way; supplely.