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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But several studies on what happened when a $600 weekly supplement was added to benefits last spring suggested that the early pandemic had unique dynamics. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The change Democrats plan to introduce would reduce the weekly supplement to $400 but extend the benefits another month through September, multiple news outlets reported Friday. Sarah Hansen, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 Government help to maintain economic activity, such as the $600 (and later $300) weekly supplement to unemployment benefits has ended. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, 22 Oct. 2020 The spending of unemployed individuals increased with the arrival of unemployment benefits and decreased upon expiration of the $600 weekly unemployment benefit supplement, Chase analysts wrote. NBC News, 16 Oct. 2020 In August, Trump signed an executive order authorizing FEMA to spend no more than $44 billion for the Lost Wages Assistance program after a $600 weekly federal unemployment supplement expired at the end of July. Abdel Jimenez, chicagotribune.com, 18 Sep. 2020 The investment bank argued that the expiration of the $600 weekly supplement to unemployment insurance benefits at the end of July stood to disrupt consumer spending in August. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 2 Sep. 2020 The state will also use federal coronavirus relief funds to add $100 to that amount, bringing the new weekly supplement to $400 — down from the original $600 originally paid for by the federal government. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 19 Aug. 2020 The additional $300-a-week federal supplement, along with pandemic unemployment assistance for gig workers and contractors, will end June 26, Stitt said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the name suggests, an internal drive must be installed inside your desktop or laptop, to replace or supplement your existing drive. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 19 June 2021 In wet years, hydroelectric power is a highly flexible resource, available to supplement other power sources when demand is high. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Infinidat introduced a solid state array to provide a lowest latency product to supplement its Infinibox HDD and DRAM based storage array. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 18 June 2021 A year ago, Carter was trying to assemble a makeshift gym in her Dallas garage, hoping to collect enough weight-lifting equipment to supplement her driveway shot put training. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 17 June 2021 The Lions coach stayed in constant contact with the striker, tracking film and sending notes to supplement the coaching of the Barnsley and U.S. men’s national team staffs. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 16 June 2021 The proposal includes $10 billion to supplement the Airport Improvement Program, $10 billion for terminal redevelopment and intermodal transit connections, and $5 billion to replace and modernize Federal Aviation Administration equipment. NBC News, 15 June 2021 To supplement the federal aid, many members of marginalized communities have come up with their own imaginative solutions to help alleviate hunger on the local level. Victoria Bouloubasis, SELF, 11 June 2021 Still, orders for those clients were more than triple those of 2019, and the company still plans to open more warehouses in the U.S., Europe and Mexico to supplement existing sites in Florida, Pennsylvania and Southern California. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 9 June 2021

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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 entry 2

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Time Traveler for supplement

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

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22 Jun 2021

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“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 supplement (audio) \ noun

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