Translation of "supply" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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supplyverb [ T ]

uk /səˈplaɪ/ 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. 電力是由地下電纜輸送的。
Three people have been arrested for supplying arms to the terrorists. 有三個人因為向恐怖分子提供武器而被捕。
The company has supplied the royal family (= provided them with something they need) for years. 該公司多年來一直為皇室供貨。
At the beginning of termthe semester, students are supplied with a list of books that they are expected to read. 在學期初,學生們拿到一份閱讀書目清單。

More examples

  • A healthy diet should supply all necessary vitamins and minerals.
  • We supply systems for clients on the Pacific rim.
  • The proposed tidal barrage would generate enough electricity to supply between 60 000 and 80 000 homes.
  • All information supplied will be treated confidentially.
  • All our electric shavers are supplied with a free travel pouch.


uk /səˈplaɪ/ 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. 每次她帶孩子出門,總會帶上大量嬰兒食品。
In the capital, demand for cheap housing far outstrips supply (= what is provided). 在倫敦,廉價住宿遠遠供不應求。
supplies B2 [ plural ]

food or other things necessary for living

The refugees are urgently in need of food and medical supplies. 難民急需食品和醫療用品。

B2 an amount of something available

Extensive mining has reduced the supplies of coal in the area. 大量開採,已減少了該地區的煤炭供應量。
the gas, electricity, etc. supply

the system used for supplying gas, electricity, etc. to people

Someone has turned off the electricity supply. 有人切斷了供電系統。
in short supply

If something is in short supply, there is little of it available.

Strawberries are in short supply this summer. 目前,草莓供應不足。

More examples

  • The water supply is being tested for contamination .
  • The clinic provides a free supply of contraceptives on request.
  • The world's supply of agricultural land is shrinking fast.
  • If this bill is not paid within five days, your gas supply will be cut off.
  • He seems to think that I have an endless supply of money.

(Translation of “supply” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)