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

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And food scientists have developed new types of supplemental fibers that can be added to foods without really impacting their taste or texture, Tewksbury says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Is Added Fiber in Literally Everything?," 12 July 2019 This summer, South Grade has an intensive pre-K section and supplemental kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes funded by a combination of district and nonprofit money. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Schools Scramble to Handle Thousands of New Migrant Families," 9 July 2019 Here's the breakdown of the rules, schedule and prospects for 2019: What is the NFL supplemental draft? Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL supplemental draft: Everything you need to know for 2019," 9 July 2019 If that happens, legislators could instead choose to add funding in a supplemental budget bill or in the as-yet-unfinished state capital budget. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy erased $444 million from Alaska’s operating budget. What happens now?," 30 June 2019 But that fear exists with or without this supplemental [bill]. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "What Should Democrats Do to Help Children at the Border?," 26 June 2019 If these children aren’t counted, programs like WIC would be left with less money to offer supplemental foods for infants and nutrition education for low-income pregnant women. Dallas News, "Census citizenship question could affect amount of federal money Texas receives for critical needs," 25 June 2019 Killing eggs, biologists believe, offers a supplemental path to eradication. National Geographic, "Want to kill invasive trout? Smother them with their dead.," 21 June 2019 Promoters have the option of purchasing supplemental insurance. Chris Mannix,, "Fallout From a Knockout: How One Tragic Night Changed a Boxer's Life Forever," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of supplemental

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

Other Words from supplemental

supplemental noun

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