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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
Translations of “supply”
in Korean 공급…
in Arabic تَزْويد…
in French approvisionnement, stocks…
in Turkish stok, arz, mal…
in Italian scorta, provviste, fornitura…
in Chinese (Traditional) 供應量,供給量…
in Russian запас, подача, снабжение…
in Polish zapas, zaopatrzenie, zasilanie…
in Spanish provisión, existencias…
in Portuguese suprimento, provisão…
in German der Vorrat…
in Catalan provisió…
in Japanese 供給(量)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 供应量,供给量…
(Definition of supply noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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