Meaning of “supplier” in the English Dictionary

"supplier" in British English

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suppliernoun

uk /səˈplaɪ.ər/ us /səˈplaɪ.ɚ/

B2 [ C ] a company, person, etc. that provides things that people want or need, especially over a long period of time:

They used to be a leading supplier of military equipment.
He said that he had got the drugs from his usual supplier (= person who sells drugs illegally).
suppliers [ plural ]

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  • The extranet will link the company with its customers and suppliers.
  • We're suing our suppliers for failing to fulfil their contract.
  • I suggest we use Barkers as our main suppliers - they're good and furthermore they're cheap.
  • Our head office will liaise with the suppliers to ensure delivery.
  • Several unreliable dealers have been struck off our list of authorized suppliers.

a company that sells something:

I'll contact the suppliers and see if I can get the paint you want by Friday.

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  • He has some cosy arrangement with his supplier, which means he's able to sell his goods more cheaply.
  • He is out main supplier of frozen food.
  • They are the country's main supplier of gas.
  • Our supplier has let us down so we have no paper plates.
  • We need to buy a load of Christmas trees - can you recommend a local supplier?

(Definition of “supplier” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"supplier" in American English

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suppliernoun [ C ]

us /səˈplɑɪ·ər/

a person, company, or country that provides goods of a particular kind:

They are the world’s largest supplier of baby foods.

(Definition of “supplier” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"supplier" in Business English

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suppliernoun

uk /səˈplaɪər/ us COMMERCE

[ C ] a company that provides a product, or the materials to make a product:

supplier of sth to sb/sth The company is a supplier of software to the film industry.
leading/main/key supplier They used to be a leading supplier of medical equipment.
Most energy suppliers are doing well in the current economic climate.
the suppliers

[ plural ] the company that sells something:

I'll contact the suppliers and see if I can get the paint you want by Friday.

(Definition of “supplier” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)