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adj. sup·pler, sup·plest
1. Readily bent, folded, or manipulated; pliant: a wallet made of supple leather. See Synonyms at flexible.
2. Moving and bending with agility; limber: a supple gymnast.
3. Adaptable to changing circumstances: "The supple ambiguities of English are a large part of its genius" (Mark Abley).
tr. & intr.v. sup·pled, sup·pling, sup·ples
To make or become supple.

[Middle English souple, from Old French, from Latin supplex, suppliant; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

sup′ple·ness n.
sup′ply, sup′ple·ly adv.



v. -plied, -ply•ing, v.t.
1. to furnish or provide (a person, establishment, etc.) with what is lacking or requisite: supplying the poor with clothing.
2. to furnish or provide (something wanting or requisite): supplied needed water to the region.
3. to make up, compensate for, or satisfy (a deficiency, loss, need, etc.).
4. to fill or occupy as a substitute, as a vacancy or a pulpit.
5. to substitute for another, esp. in the pulpit of a church.
6. the act of supplying, furnishing, satisfying, etc.
7. something that is supplied: the city's water supply.
8. a quantity of something on hand or available; stock or store: a large supply of swimwear.
9. Usu., supplies. a provision, stock, or store of food or other things necessary for maintenance.
10. the quantity of a commodity that is in the market and available for purchase or that is available for purchase at a particular price.
11. supplies,
a. the food, clothing, arms, etc., necessary to equip a military command.
b. the department, officers, etc., in charge of procuring supplies.
12. a person who fills a vacancy or takes the place of another, esp. temporarily.
[1325–75; < Middle French souplier,soupleer « Latin supplēre to fill up]
sup•pli′er, n.


(ˈsʌp li)

in a supple manner; supplely.
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