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"supply" in British English

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supplyverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈplaɪ/
B2 to ​provide something that is ​wanted or ​needed, often in ​largequantities and over a ​longperiod of ​time: Electrical ​power is supplied by ​undergroundcables. Three ​people have been ​arrested for supplying ​arms to the ​terrorists. The ​company has supplied the ​royalfamily (= ​provided them with something they need) for ​years. At the ​beginning of termthe ​semester, ​students are supplied with a ​list of ​books that they are ​expected to ​read.

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supplynoun

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 ofbabyfood with her. In the ​capital, ​demand for ​cheaphousingfaroutstrips 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 ofcoal 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 this ​summer.

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

"supply" in American English

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supplyverb [T]

 us   /səˈplɑɪ/
to ​provide something that is ​needed or ​wanted, or to ​provide someone with what the ​personneeds or ​wants: Fran Gebus supplied the ​recipe for these ​muffins. The ​dam supplies San Francisco with ​water and ​power.

supplynoun [C/U]

 us   /səˈplɑɪ/
an ​amount of something that is ​available for use: [U] In New York, ​demand for ​housingfaroutstrips supply. [C] Medical supplies were ​desperatelyneeded in the ​warzone.
(Definition of supply from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"supply" in Business English

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supplyverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈplaɪ/
PRODUCTION, COMMERCE to ​providematerials, or ​goods and ​services: supply sth to sb/sth They supply ​parts to the ​automotiveindustry. Electrical ​power is supplied by underground ​cables. We supply ​systems for ​clients on the Pacific rim.
to give something that is needed to someone or something: supply sb/sth with sth All ​employees are supplied with ​safetyequipment. They were not able to supply us with the relevant ​data.

supplynoun

uk   us   /səˈplaɪ/ (plural supplies)
[C or U] an ​amount of something that is ​available for use: a supply of sth The world's supply of ​agriculturalland is ​shrinking fast. We do not have an ​unlimited supply of ​moneyavailable 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 ​viableCEOcandidatesexceeds supply.
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[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 ​energystoragesystemtops 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
(Definition of supply from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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