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 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 Since 2012, when Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion, the studio has been full-steam ahead, planning stories that would make the Star Wars world the perfect cinematic supplement to its other juggernaut, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. John Gilpatrick, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Future of Star Wars," 10 May 2019 Keep in mind that supplements are not evaluated for safety and efficacy by the FDA. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The One Nutrient You Probably Aren't Getting Enough Of, According to a Nutritionist," 15 Apr. 2019 This finding might suggest that the living supplements could help rejuvenate the intestinal inhabitants after an antibiotic onslaught—as probiotic makers would surely like to claim. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 The city's undergrounding effort supplements another along Laguna Canyon Road being led by Caltrans and paid for by the state and county. Bradley Zint, latimes.com, "Laguna council pushes initiative to place utility lines underground to July 17 so mayor can vote," 10 July 2018 Merck’s Seven Seas cod liver oil and Bion3 supplements had reportedly attracted interest from rival Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc as well as drugmakers Mylan NV and Perrigo Co. Jeff Sutherland, Bloomberg.com, "P&G to Buy German Merck’s Consumer Unit for $4.2 Billion," 19 Apr. 2018 The supplements will help move acetaldehyde, which is thought to be the main component responsible for inflammation and other hangover symptoms, through your system faster. Rosa Heyman, Redbook, "6 Hangover Hacks That Will Save Your Sunday," 13 Mar. 2015 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Yet most are patchy, so users have to supplement them with out-of-pocket payments or private insurance. The Economist, "The price of human livesMore and wiser health-care spending could save millions of lives," 26 Apr. 2018 Under companion legislation that lawmakers have also approved, Maryland will seek federal money to supplement the new state tax revenue and stretch it to pay for more years of reinsurance. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland legislature approves plan to stabilize state's Obamacare market with new tax on insurers," 4 Apr. 2018 The University of Chicago's campus police have supplemented the CPD presence in Hyde Park for decades, and in recent years private guards have been stationed along the increasingly vibrant 53rd Street retail corridor. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Putting the neighborhood watch on watch," 18 Jan. 2018 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

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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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