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

Other Words from supplement

Verb

supplementation \ ˌsə-​plə-​ˌmen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce supplement (audio) , -​mən-​ \ noun
supplementer \ ˈsə-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce supplement (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another supplement to the album is the Spirits Vol. 1 graphic novel that Z2 Comics will publish in multiple editions in spring 2023. Christa Titus, Billboard, 12 Aug. 2022 To clarify, the cheesecake is $24, but the optional truffle supplement is an additional $50. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 The Nella supplement was beta-tested on 257 participants who consumed it daily for two weeks and reported their results using online surveys. Jamie Rosen, Robb Report, 31 July 2022 People who purchased Launch Sequence Aphrodisia and Euphoria Capsules should know the supplement is now part of a significant recall. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 July 2022 This supplement is suitable for both men and women. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022 Ask your doctor whether a soy supplement might be right for you – many studies indicate that soy can reduce hot flashes to varying degrees. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, 2 May 2022 The fact that the Opt-Out states have outperformed the Opt-Ins on a weekly basis over the 3.5-month period examined is strong empirical proof that the federal $300/week supplement is a significant work disincentive. Robert Barone, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Of Peak’s cheerful ads, Estrada says there is a danger in depicting ketamine as a substance akin to a harmless supplement, rather than a clinical treatment. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 27 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For medical insurance to supplement Medicare, see if a Medicare Advantage plan can meet your needs instead of having Traditional Medicare coupled with a Medicare Supplement Plan. Steve Vernon, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Apparently unable to add another bat, the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday made a late move to supplement their bullpen even further. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2022 The surge was a surprising byproduct of the pandemic, experts said, as new business owners emerge in an effort to supplement dwindling incomes, turn hobbies into professions or embark on new ventures. John D. Harden, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 The goal is to provide breast-feeding families an option to supplement breast milk through the program, which opens against a backdrop of a shortage of baby formula in the US, The Providence Journal reported. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 The effort will also work on maximizing the USV’s capacity to supplement the missile-launching tubes and other weapons on traditional Navy ships. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 Two law enforcement officials told the Times some portions of SoFi Stadium's parking lots are not fully covered by cameras, and management has been encouraged to have Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on hand to supplement security. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 4 Feb. 2022 Warren’s supporting cast of Xaivier Kirk (20 points) and Aden Mendez (15 ) provided an offensive boost to supplement Crocker-Johnson’s output. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Feb. 2022 Pension funds aren’t alone in their effort to supplement public market investments. Heather Gillers, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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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, 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

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26 Sep 2022

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“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for supplement

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 supplement (audio) \ noun

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