Supply Sup*ply", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Supplied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supplying}.] [For older supploy, F. suppl['e]er, OF. also supployer, (assumed) LL. suppletare, from L. supplere, suppletum; sub under + plere to fill, akin to plenus full. See {Plenty}.] 1. To fill up, or keep full; to furnish with what is wanted; to afford, or furnish with, a sufficiency; as, rivers are supplied by smaller streams; an aqueduct supplies an artificial lake; -- often followed by with before the thing furnished; as, to supply a furnace with fuel; to supply soldiers with ammunition. [1913 Webster]

2. To serve instead of; to take the place of. [1913 Webster]

Burning ships the banished sun supply. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

The sun was set, and Vesper, to supply His absent beams, had lighted up the sky. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To fill temporarily; to serve as substitute for another in, as a vacant place or office; to occupy; to have possession of; as, to supply a pulpit. [1913 Webster]

4. To give; to bring or furnish; to provide; as, to supply money for the war. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To furnish; provide; administer; minister; contribute; yield; accommodate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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