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noun supply pronunciation in British English /səˈplaɪ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an amount or quantity of something that is available to use

    A limited oil supply has made gas prices rise.

    supply of:

    The falling leaves provide a good supply of nutrients to the soil.

    a constant/endless/steady/abundant supply:

    Aquarium fish need a constant supply of oxygen.

  2. 2


    [plural] things such as food, medicine, and equipment that you need to live or to perform a particular activity

    The trucks carried medicine and other supplies across the border.

    What kind of camping supplies will we need for the weekend?

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the act or process of providing something that is needed
    the supply of something to something:

    This muscle controls the supply of blood to the heart.

    stopping the supply of drugs to our children

    1. a.
      [only before noun] used for getting a supply of something to someone

      a supply boat/truck/road


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