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

All women of reproductive age — but especially Hispanic women — should eat only fortified corn products and take daily supplements that contain 400 micrograms of folic acid, the researchers said. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "FDA allows food makers to fortify corn masa to halt birth defects, but few do," 16 Oct. 2018 People who took probiotic supplements to rally their microbiome after antibiotics didn’t regain their healthy communities for as long as five months afterward. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 Taking a green tea supplement is a bit different than drinking green tea, which the agency says is generally safe. Emily Price, Fortune, "Green Tea Supplements Could Be Hurting Your Liver, Researchers Say," 18 Apr. 2018 Watson says in some cases, taking a probiotic supplement might just do the trick. 4. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, "12 Things Your Poop Says About Your Health," 15 Aug. 2017 State data was derived from a survey that supplements and is distributed by the U.S. Census. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Report: U.S. women struggling to catch up with men’s pay, and Washington isn’t doing so well," 23 Oct. 2018 Other buzzy topics: blue-blocking glasses, meditation and breath-monitoring gadgets, acupuncture, supplements, and essential oils. Maridel Reyes, Glamour, "'Biohacking' Your Anxiety Is a Buzzy Practice—but What Does It Actually Mean?," 16 Oct. 2018 And dozens of companies producing collagen supplements and bone broth have sprung up over the past few years, some built on this very premise. Aleksandra Crapanzano, Marie Claire, "Can Eating Chicken Soup Give You Better Skin?," 12 Oct. 2018 On the flip side, the child may not eat table foods and be on a liquid supplement and those run $10 or more for six bottles. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "The costs of autism strap many families," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the president’s central responsibilities is raising private donations to supplement the money the university receives from the government. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "Howard University Stares Down Challenges, and Hard Questions on Black Colleges," 26 Apr. 2018 About $1,700 was ultimately amassed, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, which supplemented Kyle's flight, hotel, a limo, and dinner at a fancy sushi restaurant. D. Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Parkland Student Escorts Girl to Prom After Exceeding Retweet Goal," 18 Apr. 2018 Our libraries depend upon private donations to supplement funding, and all of us can make a big impact--now and for years to come. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "How to take advantage of Jefferson County's extensive library system," 9 Feb. 2018 The department is currently applying for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant for $25,000 to supplement the funding received from the Capital Improvement Program. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 26 June 2018 In 2000, during a three-month tenure as the executive chef of Qi and Water Bar in San Francisco International Airport (months in business: also three), Bruno met Christie, who was supplementing her job as an American Airlines ticket agent. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Baumé in Palo Alto has two Michelin stars — and only two staff," 22 June 2018 Other bills that supplement the budget — including some that would provide an additional $60 million in funding for school safety measures — were still making their way through the legislature. Liz Navratil, Philly.com, "No-new-taxes Pa. budget heads to Gov. Wolf," 22 June 2018 The secondary transfer window opens July 10, the final window to supplement rosters this season. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC summer transfer plans, when Felipe will return, World Cup in KC and more," 20 June 2018 But his Democratic opponent, Dan Kohl, is making an issue of the franking expenses and suggests that Grothman’s spending on mail is a way to supplement his campaign fund, which trails Kohl’s. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glenn Grothman draws fire for outspending fellow House members from state on mail-related costs," 18 May 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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