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

The additional sugar supplements whatever natural sweetness the strawberries might be lacking, and helps to draw out their juices to form a tasty, ruby red syrup. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "These 2 Ingredients Make Even Mediocre Berries Taste Irresistible," 11 June 2019 An underground tank that can handle nearly 72,000 gallons of runoff supplements drainage control. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Central Houston Nissan wraps up massive expansion," 8 June 2019 Certain supplements appeared to be more dangerous than others. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "These Dietary Supplements Were Linked to Serious Health Problems in Young People," 6 June 2019 Most supplements on the market borrow science and add a sprinkle of an ingredient than makes a claim that cannot be supported by research. Lisa Fogarty, Harper's BAZAAR, "Biotin Is in Every Hair Growth Pill. But Does it Even Work?," 22 May 2019 Tati and James were BFFs, until James ran an Instagram story ad at Coachella on April 22 for Sugar Bear hair supplements; Tati is the founder of Halo Beauty hair vitamins, an obvious competitor. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "James Charles Has Lost 3 Million YouTube Subscribers Because of His Feud With Tati Westbrook," 14 May 2019 The New Yorker story published days before the underlying scientific study and its 69-page supplement were set to formally appear online. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 Lacking the full supplement of chlorophyll, a delicate pink trimming the leaf. C.d. Wright, Harper's magazine, "Life’s a Beech," 10 Jan. 2019 The sweet supplement makes a welcome addition among slices of traditional ingredients like red onion, peppers, and jalapeños. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "40 Watermelon Recipes That Are Essential for Summer Barbecues," 22 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bethesda Softworks The decades-old Wolfenstein series now supplements its Nazi themes with potent satire and an engaging, hard charging narrative. Washington Post, "The 10 most promising games at E3 2019," 13 June 2019 The hadith, or accounts by the companions of Prophet Muhammad’s thoughts and deeds, supplement the Quran. Eslah Attar, National Geographic, "The sighting of the new crescent moon marks the start of Ramadan, the most sacred month in Islamic culture.," 12 June 2019 The event was a fundraiser for the foundation’s mission of supporting and supplementing Wilmette Park District initiatives. Denys Bucksten, chicagotribune.com, "Beach bash celebrates new Gillson Park beach house," 11 June 2019 In addition, serving the dinner are friends who also work for and believe in the charity, but who cannot afford to attend, and so supplement their incomes as waiters and waitresses. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Please stop saying you’re ‘humbled’ if you don’t know what it means," 10 June 2019 Nuclear plants could replace current coal or natural gas plants, or supplement solar or wind installations in populous areas. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Green New Deal' Wants to Get Rid of Nuclear Power. That's a Great Idea.," 8 Feb. 2019 On Monday, President Donald Trump approved Oklahoma’s request for a disaster designation after wildfires scorched western parts of the state in the spring, allowing federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Tim Talley, The Seattle Times, "Monsoon season not expected to end drought in US Southwest," 25 June 2018 On Monday, President Donald Trump approved Oklahoma’s request for a disaster designation after wildfires scorched western parts of the state in the spring, allowing federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Washington Post, "Monsoon season not expected to end drought in US Southwest," 25 June 2018 David Torgerson, the President of Wildfire Defense Systems, says their goal is to supplement the efforts of first responders. NBC News, "Wealthy's use of private firefighters ignites debate in wildfire country," 4 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
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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