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supply

verb [T] uk   us   /səˈplaɪ/
B2 to provide something that is wanted or needed, often in large quantities and over a long period of time: Electrical power is supplied by underground cables. Three people have been arrested for supplying arms to the terrorists. The company has supplied the royal family (= provided them with something they need) for years. At the beginning of term, students are supplied with a list of books that they are expected to read.
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supply

noun uk   us   /səˈplaɪ/
[C or U] an amount of something that is available for use: Whenever she goes out with her baby, she always takes a large supply of baby food with her. In the capital, demand for cheap housing far outstrips supply (= what is provided).supplies B2 [plural] food or other things necessary for living: The refugees are urgently in need of food and medical supplies. B2 an amount of something available: Extensive mining has reduced the supplies of coal in the area.the gas, electricity, etc. supply the system used for supplying gas, electricity, etc. to people: Someone has turned off the electricity supply.in short supply If something is in short supply, there is little of it available: Strawberries are in short supply at the moment.
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