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supply

1. Economics
a. willingness and ability to offer goods and services for sale
b. the amount of a commodity that producers are willing and able to offer for sale at a specified price
2. a grant of money voted by a legislature for government expenses, esp those not covered by other revenues
3. (in Parliament and similar legislatures) the money voted annually for the expenses of the civil service and armed forces
4. a source of electrical energy, gas, etc.
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But two considerations will serve to quiet all apprehension on this head: one is, that we are sure the resources of the community, in their full extent, will be brought into activity for the benefit of the Union; the other is, that whatever deficiences there may be, can without difficulty be supplied by loans.
They gave me dismal accounts of the extremities they were driven to; how sometimes they were many days without any food at all, the island they were upon being inhabited by a sort of savages that lived more indolent, and for that reason were less supplied with the necessaries of life, than they had reason to believe others were in the same part of the world; and yet they found that these savages were less ravenous and voracious than those who had better supplies of food.
Our trade, handicrafts, and agriculture so far only supplied the needs of the district," the doctor went on.