supplement

noun
sup·ple·ment | \ˈsə-plə-mənt \

Definition of supplement 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something that completes or makes an addition

b : dietary supplement

2 : 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°

supplement

verb
sup·ple·ment | \ˈsə-plə-ˌment \
supplemented; supplementing; supplements

Definition of supplement (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to add or serve as a supplement to does odd jobs to supplement his income

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Other Words from supplement

Verb

supplementation \ˌsə-plə-ˌmen-ˈtā-shən, -mən- \ noun
supplementer \ˈsə-plə-ˌmen-tər \ noun

Examples of supplement in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

She began supplementing her diet with vitamins.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With master agreements nailed down for both the freight and small package national master contracts, the union and the shipping giant will continue to hash out terms of supplements and local agreements. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "UPS reaches a tentative agreement on a contract with the Teamsters," 13 July 2018 But the trip also had a business purpose: Foxconn last summer agreed to help central Wisconsin ginseng growers reach new markets in Asia, where the root is popular as a health supplement. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Before leaving Wisconsin, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou visits a ginseng farm and a supper club near Wausau," 3 July 2018 But Patterson emphasized that the treatments should be used as a supplement to modern medicine instead of a substitute. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Sitting in a room of salt is a new trend in Indianapolis. Here's how it works.," 29 June 2018 One component of cannabis, cannabidiol (sold as CBD oil) is available on the high street as a food supplement and has even been described as a medicine by the agency that regulates drugs. The Economist, "High and mighty," 21 June 2018 That idea certainly has merit as a supplement to challenging them from the right. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Liberal Media Need Conservative Columnists," 10 May 2018 People take supplements for specific ailments, sure. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "The Vitamin Supplement Craze Is Mostly Hogwash," 9 Mar. 2018 Reel works to breed hemp plants high in cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a compound with antioxidant and anti-convulsant properties, currently sold as a supplement. Debra Kamin, Newsweek, "Is Marijuana the World’s Most Effective Treatment for Autism?," 15 Feb. 2018 The typical Mediterranean diet calls for loads of seafood a week, and yet studies of people taking fish oils as a supplement have not found much benefit. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Messy Facts about Diet and Inflammation," 1 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another reason Livingston agreed to end the ICE contract is that the county will supplement the roughly $2.4 million to $3 million a year the sheriff’s office will lose in revenue from the deal. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Honduran woman deported from Contra Costa jail is glad to hear ICE is getting booted," 12 July 2018 Considered disabled by the military, Sonia collects about $36,000 a year in benefits, a cushion that allowed her to get into the field and supplement her operations budget with fundraising. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "Gardening Led This Veteran to a New Life of Hope and Healing," 11 July 2018 That new technology includes a laser rangefinder, which supplements the microwave rangefinding technology used in the original GRACE mission. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's New Climate Satellites Are Pioneering Laser Rangefinding Tech," 10 July 2018 Crovelli sells his rectangular creations at about $4 a slice, supplementing his menu with a panino, salads, and fried snacks such as suppli al telefono, plus tiramisu. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: A chef surfaces in Chesco; LaBan delivers cold dessert truths," 3 July 2018 Industrial drills supplemented efforts to drain the water, but progress is slow. Time, "A Youth Soccer Team Has Been Trapped in a Thai Cave for More Than a Week. Here's Why It's Taking So Long to Find Them," 2 July 2018 Hoffman is a scoring winger that will fit in nicely in Florida’s top-six, likely supplementing the Panthers’ second line alongside center Vincent Trocheck. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How does Panthers' trade for Mike Hoffman affect rest of Florida's offseason?," 19 June 2018 The booze has flowed freely since the start of the tournament, tens of thousands of supporters supplementing their trip of a lifetime with some timely liquid refreshment as temperatures rise and the on-field action heats up. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Egypt's goalkeeper refused a Budweiser-sponsored award and FIFA should have known better," 18 June 2018 Her fresh-faced look is supplemented by her extensive skincare routine, which starts with keeping hydrated. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "4 Products Emily Skye Uses for Full, Natural Brows," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of supplement

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for supplement

Noun

Middle English, from Latin supplementum, from supplēre to fill up, complete — more at supply

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supplement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of supplement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

supplement

verb

English Language Learners Definition of supplement (Entry 2 of 2)

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

supplement

noun
sup·ple·ment | \ˈsə-plə-mənt \

Kids Definition of supplement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

supplement

verb
sup·ple·ment | \ˈsə-plə-ˌment \
supplemented; supplementing

Kids Definition of supplement (Entry 2 of 2)

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

supplement

noun
sup·ple·ment | \ˈsəp-lə-mənt \

Medical Definition of supplement 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that completes or makes an addition

supplement

transitive verb
sup·ple·ment | \ˈsəp-lə-ˌment \

Medical Definition of supplement (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add a supplement to : serve as a supplement for utilizes…surgery to supplement the traditional treatmentTherapeutic Notes

Other Words from supplement

supplementation \ˌsəp-lə-ˌmen-ˈtā-shən, -mən- \ noun

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