sup·​ple·​men·​tal | \ ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio) \

Definition of supplemental

1 : serving to supplement
2 : nonscheduled a supplemental airline

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Other Words from supplemental

supplemental noun

Examples of supplemental in a Sentence

She receives a supplemental income every month from the government. the new program will provide supplemental health insurance to thousands of workers
Recent Examples on the Web As a gesture that the cuts are not permanent, Newsom would also provide a supplemental budget appropriation to schools starting in 2021, worth up to $13 billion. Alexei Koseff,, "California schools fear disaster in Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus budget," 15 May 2020 The study mostly draws an annual survey of 12,000 adults in October but adds a smaller supplemental survey of 1,000 adults conducted April 3-6, shortly after most states shut down nonessential businesses to contain the spread of the virus. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Nearly 20% of U.S. adults lost jobs or saw hours cut by early April but most expected to return," 14 May 2020 Up to $10 million for reimbursement of costs necessary to ensure access to courts during the pandemic. $5 million to reimburse the General Fund for supplemental appropriations to the Alabama Department of Public health during the pandemic. Mike Cason |, al, "Ivey proposes plan for spending $1.8 billion in CARES Act funds," 14 May 2020 Before the experiment ended, many of the plants and animals died, insects overran the space, and the crew required supplemental oxygen. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Spaceship Earth and the Value of Utopian Thinking," 12 May 2020 Lorenz saw his department’s budget slashed earlier this year and the $15 million supplemental allocation was taken back as it was needed for the state’s Covid-19 battle. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "For those who market Detroit and Michigan, it's 'dream now and visit later'," 2 May 2020 These annotations provide supplemental information about the law, including summaries of judicial opinions, information about legislative history, and citations to relevant law review articles. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court rules Georgia can’t put the law behind a paywall," 27 Apr. 2020 Improvement will be measured using a seven-point numerical scale that encompasses death (at worst) and discharge from hospital (best outcome), with various degrees of supplemental oxygen and intubation in between. Matthew Herper, STAT, "The world wants answers on Gilead’s Covid-19 drug. Experts worry next studies may increase uncertainty," 27 Apr. 2020 Congress ignored that figure, approving an $8 billion supplemental bill that Trump signed into law March 6. Anchorage Daily News, "The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged," 5 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of supplemental

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of supplemental was in 1605

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20 May 2020

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“Supplemental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of supplemental

chiefly US : added to something else to make it complete


sup·​ple·​men·​tal | \ ˌsəp-lə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio) \

Medical Definition of supplemental

: serving to supplement : supplementary


sup·​ple·​men·​tal | \ ˌsə-plə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio) \

Legal Definition of supplemental

: serving to complete or make an addition supplemental appropriations specifically : of, relating to, or being a supplemental pleading

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