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supples

supples is a 3rd-person singular present form of supple

supple (change)

Definition:

to make pliant and flexible

Class:

change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Past tense:

suppled

Present participle:

suppling

3rd-person singular present:

supples

Type of:

change

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

These boots aren't yet suppled by frequent use

Etymology:

Old French souple "pliant, flexible", from Gallo-Romance *supples, from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

supple | lithe [synonym, sense-specific] | suppleness [noun, derived]

bending easily without damage | capable of or showing easy or graceful movement; lithe | mentally flexible; responding readily | disposed to agree, ... (20 of 401 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/supple

Merriam-Webster:

supple [entry 1, adjective] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative] | bendy [British, synonym, sense-specific] | flexible [synonym, sense-specific] | lissome [synonym, sense-specific] | lithe [synonym, sense-specific] | lithesome [synonym, sense-specific] | pliable [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

compliant often to the point of obsequiousness ; readily adaptable or responsive to new situations | capable of being bent or folded without creases, ... (23 of 197 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/supple

supple [entry 2, verb] | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle]

to make pacific or complaisant | to alleviate with a salve | to make flexible or pliant | to become soft and pliant (20 of 48 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/supple show=1

Wikipedia:

Supple [disambiguation]

may refer to: Flexibility, suppleness | as a surname: John Supple, Canadian businessman | Shane Supple, Irish footballer | Tim Supple, English theatre director (21 of 113 words, 4 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

supple | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative] | flexible [synonym, sense-specific] | supplely [derived] | suppleness [derived]

bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible | not stiff or hard; easily manipulated | make more flexible. (16 of 88 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/supple

New World Dictionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative] | supplely [adverb, related] | suppleness [noun, related]

easily bent or twisted; flexible; pliant | able to bend and move easily and nimbly; lithe; limber | easily changed or influenced | adaptable, as to ... (23 of 62 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/supple

Random House Dictionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

bending readily without breaking or becoming deformed; pliant; flexible. | characterized by ease in bending; limber; lithe. | characterized by ease, ... (19 of 58 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/supple

Macmillan British Dictionary:

supple | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative] | suppleness [noun, uncountable, related]

able to move and bend your body very easily and in a graceful way ; a supple object or material is soft and bends easily (25 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/supple

American Heritage Dictionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | supples [3rd-person singular present] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative] | suppleness [noun, related] | supply [adverb, related] | supplely [adverb, related]

Readily bent; pliant. | Moving and bending with agility; limber. | Yielding or changing readily; compliant or adaptable. | To make or become supple. (21 of 56 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/supple

Cambridge Dictionary:

supple [entry 1] | suppleness [noun, derived]

bending or able to be bent easily; not stiff (9 of 53 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/supple 1

supple [entry 2, literary] | suppleness [noun, derived]

able to change quickly and successfully to suit different conditions (10 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/supple 2

Wiktionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | supples [3rd-person singular present] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

pliant, easy to bend | lithe and agile when moving and bending | flexible and compliant | To make or become supple. (19 of 29 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/supple

Encarta Dictionary:

supple | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

flexible and elastic | capable of bending, stretching, and moving with ease, fluidity, and grace | adaptable and responsive in grappling with problems ... (21 of 72 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717125​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

supple

First use: about 1300

Origin: Old French souple "pliant, flexible", from Gallo-Romance *supples, from Latin supplex (genitive supplicis) "submissive, ... (16 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=supple

Wiktionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | supples [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English souple, from Old French souple, soupple ("soft, lithe, yielding"), from Latin supplic-, supplex ("suppliant, submissive, kneeling"), of uncertain formation. Either from sub + plicō... (26 of 37 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/supple

American Heritage Dictionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | supples [3rd-person singular present] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English souple, from Old French, from Latin supplex, suppliant; see plāk- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/supple

Oxford Dictionary:

supple | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French souple, from Latin supplex, supplic- "submissive", from sub- "under" + placere "propitiate"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/supple

New World Dictionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English souple from Old French from Latin supplex, humble, submissive, akin to supplicare: see "supplicate"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/supple

Collins Dictionary:

supple

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French souple, from Latin supplex bowed

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/supple

Merriam-Webster:

supple [entry 1, adjective] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English souple, from Anglo-French suple, from Latin supplic-, supplex entreating for mercy, supplicant, perhaps ... (17 of 25 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/supple

Encarta Dictionary:

supple | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin supplex "submissive", literally "bending under" from -plex "fold"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717125​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | supples [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "supple"

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Collins Dictionary:

supple

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "supple"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/supple

Macmillan British Dictionary:

supple | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "supple"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/supple

Macmillan American Dictionary:

supple | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "supple"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/supple

Cambridge Dictionary:

supple [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "supple"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "supple"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/supple 1

the Free Dictionary:

supple

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "supple"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "supple"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "supple" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

supple | suppled [past tense] | suppling [present participle] | supples [3rd-person singular present] | suppler [comparative] | supplest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "supple"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

supple

Audio: North American pronunciation of "supple"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=supple​01 word=supple

YourDictionary Audio:

supple

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "supple" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

supple

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "supple" by speech synthesizer

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