supplement

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noun

sup·​ple·​ment ˈsə-plə-mənt How to pronounce supplement (audio)
1
a
: something that completes or makes an addition
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

2 of 2

verb

sup·​ple·​ment ˈsə-plə-ˌment How to pronounce supplement (audio)
supplemented; supplementing; supplements

transitive verb

: to add or serve as a supplement to
does odd jobs to supplement his income
supplementation noun
supplementer 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The single-use supplement features formulas inspired by ancient health practices (think: Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine), designed to foster vitality, digestion, immunity, and more. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2024 There is also individual variance for how your body may respond to a probiotic supplement. Shushy Rita Setrakian Ms, Verywell Health, 21 Feb. 2024 For further detail, please also refer to both the quarterly financial supplement and the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, which can be found on the Investors section of our website at www.gladstonecommercial.com. Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Customers can shop for everything from apparel and accessories to supplements, vitamins, and the latest tech products. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Prior to the development of cholesterol-lowering statins, niacin supplements were once even prescribed by doctors to improve cholesterol levels. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 19 Feb. 2024 Johnson downs 100 or so supplements daily and performs about two dozen exercises. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Researchers also found that taking calcium supplements with the heart medication digoxin can cause a toxic reaction. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Ingredients in weight loss supplements can and do have adverse effects. Emily Hemendinger, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2024
Verb
For resource-strapped or rural hospitals, referrals to telehealth could play a key role in supplementing in-person care. Lisa Jarvis, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024 Historically, even top W.N.B.A. players have played internationally in the off-season to supplement their income, most famously (and distressingly) Brittney Griner in Russia — a testament to the sometimes peripheral place of women’s basketball in the American sports hierarchy. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Northern birds will already be on the move south and will supplement our local population. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The brewpub offers an always-changing selection of mainstay and seasonal house brews on tap, supplemented by a local hard cider. James Patrick Kelly, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 It is designed to complement the company's existing suite of services, providing an alternative for those seeking guidance beyond traditional therapy or supplementing medical treatment. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Jan. 2024 The 500 series had a cool feature using an extra swappable bay that could house a spare battery, a PCMCIA module, or an FPU to supplement the 68LC040 CPU in some models, although the 550c included an FPU built-in. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 It’s supplemented with Clarins’ self-tan complex, which is composed of two natural plant sugars (DHA and erythrulose), which create the golden glow that develops on your skin. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 The agreement contains nothing about eviction prevention, tenants rights’ attorneys, rent caps or funding to supplement existing rental assistance programs. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin supplēmentum "something added to supply a deficiency or make up a whole, reinforcement," from supplēre "to fill up, complete, raise to its full complement" + -mentum -ment — more at supply entry 2

Verb

derivative of supplement entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supplement was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near supplement

Cite this Entry

“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

supplement

1 of 2 noun
sup·​ple·​ment ˈsəp-lə-mənt How to pronounce supplement (audio)
1
: something that supplies what is needed or makes an addition
vitamin pills used as dietary supplements
2
: an arc or angle that when added to a given arc or angle equals 180 degrees
supplemental
ˌsəp-lə-ˈment-ᵊl
adjective

supplement

2 of 2 verb
sup·​ple·​ment ˈsəp-lə-ˌment How to pronounce supplement (audio)
: to add to
supplement their incomes by doing odd jobs
supplementation noun

Medical Definition

supplement

1 of 2 noun
sup·​ple·​ment ˈsəp-lə-mənt How to pronounce supplement (audio)
1
: something that completes or makes an addition
2

supplement

2 of 2 transitive verb
sup·​ple·​ment ˈsəp-lə-ˌment How to pronounce supplement (audio)
: to add a supplement to : serve as a supplement for
utilizes … surgery to supplement the traditional treatmentTherapeutic Notes

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