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 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 Churches, businesses and nonprofits supplement Ceasefire with jobs and education, further diluting the precise cost. Dallas News, 25 Apr. 2021 In fact, cattle ruminate in the open space for most of their lives, a period in which they would not be feed with feedstock, hence limiting the efficacy of algae supplement only to a relatively short time. Daniela De Lorenzo, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Lately that means a turmeric supplement, Brahmi and Bacopa [supplements] by LifeSpa, Matter by Elysium [pills], and [drinking] Kin! Hydration and Sleep: Practicing good hydration and sleep hygiene is the key to balance. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, 8 Apr. 2021 The federal legislation will also extend unemployment benefits, as well as a supplement of $300 a week, into the summer for those still out of work. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Mixed Results for Mixed Earners Most prominently, the bill includes a $300 weekly federal pandemic unemployment compensation (FPUC) supplement — $100 less than in the original House bill. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 10 Mar. 2021 This specific livestock feed supplement, which is federally approved for use in Canada, helps increase the output of the fatty portion of milk, known as butterfat. Karen Ho, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2021 Exported to the United States, Europe, and Asia, fish meal is used as a protein-rich supplement in the booming industry of fish farming, or aquaculture. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bonus footage of Hawk, Nyjah and Armanto at Huston’s private warehouse will supplement the competition aspect of the stream. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Then supplement that income by rebalancing from winners after major market moves. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, 4 June 2021 For the next five to six months, the two ambulances will supplement the department’s 12 paramedic units by absorbing calls that the remaining private ambulance services cannot take. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2021 Torres parents would supplement their income with donations to help pay for further travel to his out-of-state championships. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, 28 Apr. 2021 The federation said that workers with H-2A visas -- used to hire foreign seasonal workers when employers prove locals aren't applying -- could supplement labor needs, but an influx of migrant workers could also attract negative political attention. Cara Korte, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2021 The position was lucrative and part time: the programmer could supplement his income without impinging on his work for Redbanc. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 The way the system is designed, labels and artists make more money than writers from streaming, and artists can also supplement that income by playing shows, selling T-shirts, and campaigning for brands. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2021 And supplement the construction with a bunker that houses cameras that can safely operate 24 hours a day. John Anderson, WSJ, 18 May 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 19 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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