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1supplement

noun sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-mənt\

: something that is added to something else in order to make it complete

: an extra part that is added to a book or newspaper

: an amount of money that must be paid in addition to the regular price

Full Definition of SUPPLEMENT

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a :  something that completes or makes an addition
b :  dietary supplement
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:  a part added to or issued as a continuation of a book or periodical to correct errors or make additions
3
:  an angle or arc that when added to a given angle or arc equals 180°
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Examples of SUPPLEMENT

  1. the supplement to the encyclopedia
  2. First-class accommodation is available for a supplement.

Origin of SUPPLEMENT

Middle English, from Latin supplementum, from supplēre to fill up, complete — more at supply
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

2supplement

transitive verb sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-ˌment\

: to add something to (something) in order to make it complete

Full Definition of SUPPLEMENT

:  to add or serve as a supplement to <does odd jobs to supplement his income>
sup·ple·men·ta·tion \ˌsə-plə-ˌmen-ˈtā-shən, -mən-\ noun
sup·ple·ment·er \ˈsə-plə-ˌmen-tər\ noun

Examples of SUPPLEMENT

  1. She began supplementing her diet with vitamins.

First Known Use of SUPPLEMENT

1749
SUPPLEMENTS Defined for Kids

1supplement

noun sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-mənt\

Definition of SUPPLEMENT for Kids

:  something that supplies what is needed or adds to something else <a food supplement>

Word Root of SUPPLEMENT

The Latin word plēre, meaning to fill, gives us the root ple. Words from the Latin plēre have something to do with filling or being full. Anything replete with something is full of that particular thing or quality. Something complete is totally full and finished. To deplete is to lessen the amount of something that was once full. A supplement is something that fills in something that is missing.

2supplement

verb sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-ˌment\
sup·ple·ment·edsup·ple·ment·ing

Definition of SUPPLEMENT for Kids

:  to add to :  complete <Many workers supplement their incomes by doing odd jobs.>

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