supplementary

adjective
sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce supplementary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē\

Definition of supplementary

1 : added or serving as a supplement : additional supplementary reading
2 : being or relating to a supplement or a supplementary angle

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Synonyms & Antonyms for supplementary

Synonyms

accessorial, accessory, appurtenant, auxiliary, peripheral, supplemental

Antonyms

chief, main, principal

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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

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Coaches and fans alike have long recognized whistles favor star players versus supplementary glue guys and rookies. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Coach's Challenges Are Coming: Is the NBA Ready?," 10 July 2019 Corporate and government workers also make payments into supplementary schemes. The Economist, "Japan’s pension problems are a harbinger of challenges elsewhere," 9 July 2019 He's spent 12 seasons as a guide on the world's highest peak and has summited it eight times -- once without supplementary oxygen, which almost cost him his life. George Ramsay, CNN, "Everest deaths: 'Corners are being massively cut'," 24 June 2019 The supplementary sites aren’t required reading; a Westworld fan who just wants to watch the TV show will be fine. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld’s digital marketing is giving fans sneak peeks at the show’s biggest secrets," 24 May 2018 Mexico on Friday released a copy of a supplementary agreement to stop migrant flows into the U.S. -- days after Trump inadvertently flashed parts of the deal to cameras. Fox News, "Mexico releases full text of migration agreement that Trump inadvertently flashed to cameras," 16 June 2019 Italian Reinhold Messner and Austrian Peter Habeler reached the summit without use of supplementary oxygen, while others on their team used bottled oxygen. Washington Post, "Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen," 19 Apr. 2018 Some areas recycle tires by using them as supplementary fuel in cement kilns. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 Oftentimes, people talk about the gig economy as ‘supplementary income’ ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley has been treating workers ‘miserably’ since the 1970s," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of supplementary

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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supplementary

adjective
sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce supplementary (audio) \

Kids Definition of supplementary

: added to something else : additional supplementary income

supplementary

adjective
sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌsəp-lə-ˈment-ə-rē, -ˈmen-trē How to pronounce supplementary (audio) \

Medical Definition of supplementary

: added or serving as a supplement supplementary vitamins

supplementary

adjective
sup·​ple·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē, -trē How to pronounce supplementary (audio) \

Legal Definition of supplementary

: added or serving as a supplement

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