Sup·ply v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supplied p. pr. & vb. n. Supplying ]
1. To fill up, or keep full; to furnish with what is wanted; to afford, or furnish with, a sufficiency; as, rivers are supplied by smaller streams; an aqueduct supplies an artificial lake; -- often followed by with before the thing furnished; as, to supply a furnace with fuel; to supply soldiers with ammunition.
2. To serve instead of; to take the place of.
Burning ships the banished sun supply. --Waller.
The sun was set, and Vesper, to supply
His absent beams, had lighted up the sky. --Dryden.
3. To fill temporarily; to serve as substitute for another in, as a vacant place or office; to occupy; to have possession of; as, to supply a pulpit.
4. To give; to bring or furnish; to provide; as, to supply money for the war.
Syn: -- To furnish; provide; administer; minister; contribute; yield; accommodate.
n 1: an amount of something available for use
2: offering goods and services for sale [ant: demand]
3: the activity of supplying or providing something [syn: provision,
v 1: provide or furnish with; "We provided the room with an
electrical heater" [syn: provide, render, furnish]
2: circulate or distribute or equip with; "issue a new uniform
to the children"; "supply blankets for the beds" [syn: issue]
3: provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food
or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the
guests" [syn: provide, ply, cater]
4: state or say further; "`It doesn't matter,' he supplied"
[syn: add, append]