supplementary

adjective

sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce supplementary (audio)
-ˈmen-trē
1
: added or serving as a supplement : additional
supplementary reading
2
: being or relating to a supplement (see supplement entry 1 sense 3) or a supplementary angle

Examples of supplementary in a Sentence

a list of supplementary material for the class the teacher's edition of the textbook comes with a lot of supplementary material
Recent Examples on the Web However, some experts say that’s a difficult question to answer, in part because membership and loyalty programs are often supplementary revenue streams. Alex Vuocolo, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2024 Rather, they should be used as a supplementary tool for enhancing social time between the parrots and their owners. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 In the dynamic landscape of modern business, the role of coaching has evolved from a supplementary service to an integral component driving success. Jia Rizvi, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Pregnancy is just one of several possible conditions requiring supplementary iron. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 That's because the Unity Editor Software ToS (which has been getting lots of attention on Reddit and elsewhere) is supplementary to a wider Unity Terms of Service document that applies to all users of Unity's products and services. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2023 As benign as this vitamin’s safety profile seems to be, no one should be taking supplementary vitamin K without consulting their physician. Discover Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 Ever since the boom of the side hustle, freelancing, or gig economy within recent years since the pandemic, holding down an alternative or secondary source of supplementary income has become the norm. Rachel Wells, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Adjacent to the primary office is a supplementary workspace; this smaller office is perfect if guests have a larger entourage or a personal assistant that needs to buckle down. Gemma Harris, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of supplementary was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Supplementary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplementary. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

supplementary

adjective
sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry ˌsəp-lə-ˈment-ə-rē How to pronounce supplementary (audio)
-ˈmen-trē
1
: added as a supplement : additional
2
: being or relating to a supplement or a supplementary angle

Medical Definition

supplementary

adjective
sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry ˌsəp-lə-ˈment-ə-rē, -ˈmen-trē How to pronounce supplementary (audio)
: added or serving as a supplement
supplementary vitamins

Legal Definition

supplementary

adjective
sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē, -trē How to pronounce supplementary (audio)
: added or serving as a supplement

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