supplement

noun
sup·​ple·​ment | \ ˈsə-plə-mənt How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

Definition of supplement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

verb
sup·​ple·​ment | \ ˈsə-plə-ˌment How to pronounce supplement (audio) \
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 How to pronounce supplementation (audio) , -​mən-​ \ noun
supplementer \ ˈsə-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce supplementer (audio) \ 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

Brodeur always keeps withinUs on hand, which is a collagen supplement that's essential for Michelle's jet-setting lifestyle. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "This Skincare Ingredient is the Secret Weapon for Michelle Obama's Glowing Skin," 17 Jan. 2019 Basis by Elysium Health is a supplement that's been shown to increase NAD+ levels. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "7 Women Over 40 Share the Healthy Aging Secrets They Swear By," 3 Aug. 2018 Using data from a large national health survey, researchers found that multivitamins were the most common supplements, followed by vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and melatonin. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "A Third of Children Use Alternative Medicines," 18 June 2018 Many health professionals are skeptical about the value of supplements. Joe Graedon, M.s. And Teresa Graedon, Ph.d., charlotteobserver, "The pros and cons of calcium supplements | Charlotte Observer," 14 Mar. 2018 But that goes for all vitamins and all supplements. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 In conjunction with her honesty on the subject, GOOP is launching Madame Ovary, a vitamin and supplement pack allegedly designed to help regulate hormones for women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At 46, Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop Want to “Rebrand” Menopause," 2 Nov. 2018 That deal will add vitamins and food supplements mostly sold outside the U.S. to the P&G unit that includes Crest toothpaste and Vicks cold medicine. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Procter & Gamble Tries to Break a Cycle of Stagnation," 29 Sep. 2018 This includes aromatherapy and essential oils, self-care books, stationary, coffee and tea, crystals, bath and body products, vitamins, supplements, and more online and in cute little sections in the brick and mortar stores. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Help, I'm Obsessed with Anthropologie's New Wellness Shop," 20 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Team owner Michael Jordan has said as much to me in the past.. But free agency can supplement the draft and trades in what general manager Mitch Kupchak is doing. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets still have a hole on roster. Here are 6 free agent possibilities to fill it.," 26 June 2018 Every elementary school would have an officer on campus, middle schools would have two and high schools would have two or three, depending on their size. -- $100 million would supplement teacher salaries, an effort to stem the turnover rate. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County School Board delays tax vote after charters insist on share of money," 21 June 2018 The new registry fees would supplement the revenue generated by local property taxes. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Beacon Hill moves to raise $50 million in fees on rental cars, real estate transactions," 31 May 2018 No vast array of banchan, side dishes, will supplement your meal (bibimbap historically was seen as a way to dispatch leftover banchan). Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Korean mom-and-pop Moccozy serves bibimbap and more in their highest form," 10 May 2018 Garcetti said the gondola would supplement, rather than replace, bus service. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "A gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium? It could happen by 2022, Mayor Garcetti says," 26 Apr. 2018 Wealthier families also have access to other resources that can supplement screen time for their children—museum memberships, trips to the zoo, backyards. Laura Turner, Glamour, "The Big Problem With the New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids," 26 Apr. 2019 The league also disclosed plans for next month’s draft that will supplement the proceedings in Nashville. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Honoring rivalries: Packers-Bears to open 2019 NFL schedule," 26 Mar. 2019 Because of its insane plant capacity, this planter can significantly supplement your weekly trips to the grocery store. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Indoor Garden Works Like a Ferris Wheel—And Grows 90 Fruits And Veggies at Once," 22 Feb. 2019

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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
British : 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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \
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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce supplementation (audio) \ noun

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