supplement

noun
sup·ple·ment | \ ˈsə-plə-mənt \

Definition of supplement 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something that completes or makes an addition

b : dietary supplement

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 \
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, -mən- \ noun
supplementer \ˈsə-plə-ˌmen-tər \ 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

Some eye vitamin supplements also have been adding saffron to the formula because of this research. Joe, The Seattle Times, "Saffron supplement may save eyesight," 28 Jan. 2018 Still, people who work at these testing services aren’t above taking supplements. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 Good luck waking up within fourteen hours of taking these innocuous-seeming over-the-counter sleep supplements. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 The drugs in development are a far cry from over-the-counter probiotic supplements that supposedly promote gut health but, in the view of some scientists, are of questionable value. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Startup aims to make allies of human gut’s microbes," 19 June 2018 The first study looked at how taking vitamin D supplements while pregnant reduced the risk of a fetus being small for gestational age by 28 percent. Michael Roizen, M.d., And Mehmet Oz, Houston Chronicle, "How can you recognize and prevent suicide?," 17 June 2018 The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data showed that up to 52 percent of the U.S. population took supplements between 1999 and 2012. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "New study on supplemental vitamins proves they're useless and a waste of money," 5 June 2018 Luckily, probiotic supplements are readily available thanks to brands like Olly and Tula, at a variety of price points. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Bacne: Acne Tips and Tricks," 1 June 2018 These supplements may be prescription medications, but others may be not be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. NBC News, "Older Americans aren't talking about sex and here's why that matters," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The original results: the two groups that supplemented reduced the relative risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attack or stroke) by 30 percent. David Becker, Philly.com, "Major study on Mediterranean Diet was retracted, but this cardiologist recommends this way of eating," 19 June 2018 Again, just to bring us all the way back to the beginning the idea of YouTube Music in last year’s incarnation and then the one today is to find other ways to supplement that with subscription money. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen on Recode Media," 12 June 2018 The wine list gives priority to French and other European labels, supplemented with wines from California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Idaho chef Bacquet is back again, this time featuring European fare in Eagle," 8 June 2018 Good teachers can offer good academics, even if the textbook is subpar, said the experts who reviewed materials for the newspaper, supplementing with other materials and classroom activities. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Private schools' curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 June 2018 Others had their plastic meals supplemented with wheat bran. The Economist, "Another way to recycle plastic," 24 May 2018 Washington already has considerable depth in the post, led by star player Elena Delle Donne and supplemented with Krystal Thomas, Devereaux Peters and Asia Taylor. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Myisha Hines-Allen's new WNBA coach didn't need her, but drafted her for her 'toughness'," 16 Apr. 2018 Chewbacca eats organic feed supplemented with scraps of Menard’s organic human diet; Menard checks in on him a minimum of four times a day. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop," 23 Mar. 2018 Image Like other minor- and major-league ballplayers of his time, Garcia took off-season jobs to supplement his income. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dave Garcia, M.L.B. Manager and Minor League Mainstay, Dies at 97," 24 May 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

: 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 \

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 \
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 \

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 \

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- \ noun

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