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supply

noun     /səˈplaɪ/ (plural supplies)
[C or U] an amount of something that is available for use: a supply of sth The world's supply of agricultural land is shrinking fast . We do not have an unlimited supply of money available for this project . Extensive mining has reduced the supplies of coal in the area . a limited / unlimited supply to ensure / boost / restrict the supply Across the economy , it seems that demand for viable CEO candidates exceeds supply. → Compare demand noun
[U] the act of providing something: They have been asked to tender for the supply of cleaning materials to all the company's offices .
gas/electricity/water supply the system used for supplying gas , electricity , etc. to customers : The energy storage system tops up the peak electricity supply.
supplies [plural] food or other things that are necessary for living : The refugees are urgently in need of food and medical supplies. things that are necessary for a particular purpose : office supplies
→ See also excess supply, inelastic supply, in short supply, money supply
(Definition of supply noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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