supplement

noun
sup·​ple·​ment | \ ˈsə-plə-mənt \

Definition of supplement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something that completes or makes an addition
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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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

In addition to recommending a diet that’s low in sugar, high in protein, and completely devoid of dairy, Peacock has also formulated a line of nutritional supplements targeting everything from immunity to sleep to best aid her clients. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Turmeric is often sold as a supplement commonly purported to help combat inflammation. Korin Miller, SELF, "Turmeric Supplements May Have Caused This Woman's Liver Disease," 24 Sep. 2018 The purported effects of reducing stress and anxiety have prompted many to adopt it as a wellness supplement, and half a teaspoon of CAP Beauty's Daily Hit has Bon Appetit editor-at-large Christine Muhlke counting sheep. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "The Healthyish Guide to Finally Getting a Good Night's Sleep," 29 May 2018 Kundalini yoga is niche and, frankly, not all that useful as a training supplement. Abbie Barronian, Outside Online, "Yoga Can Make You a Better Athlete," 30 Apr. 2018 As a supplement, it is touted for its ability to dilate blood vessels, which increases protein synthesis. Emily Abbate, GQ, "A Complete Guide to Pre-Workout Supplements," 4 Apr. 2018 The administration views the plan as a supplement to current infrastructure spending. Joan Lowy And Zeke Miller, Houston Chronicle, "Trump's infrastructure plan comes with a huge pothole," 26 Jan. 2018 This month, for example, U.S. model and social-media personality Chrissy Teigen complained that her image was being used to falsely endorse weight-loss supplements on Snapchat. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Facebook Promises to Crack Down on Scam Ads After U.K. Lawsuit," 23 Jan. 2019 Twenty-two editions of the Green Book (and one supplement), published from 1937 to 1966, have since been collected and digitized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Walker also advises her readers to supplement their reading of the Talmud with their own research. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Answer: The government supplements its workforce through contracts for areas including information technology services as well as grounds maintenance. Eric Yoder, Washington Post, "Q&A for federal workers: Federal vs. contractor workforces," 29 May 2018 We were impressed by the Vive Focus’ tracking quality, and since its launch, HTC has developed fully tracked motion controllers to supplement its original remote-like pointing device. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "HTC’s China-exclusive Vive Focus VR headset is now launching worldwide," 8 Nov. 2018 In western Colorado, the environmental group Citizens for Clean Air has put up two dozen low-cost monitors around Grand Junction to supplement the two state-run monitors in the Grand Valley. Jason Plautz, WIRED, "Cheap, Portable Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data," 11 July 2018 Image Ahead of Monday’s doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets made a flurry of roster moves, largely to supplement the pitching staff. James Wagner, New York Times, "Todd Frazier Heads for Second Stint on the Disabled List," 9 July 2018 Investigators in New York; Alexandria, Virginia; Pittsburgh and elsewhere have been tapped to supplement the work of Mueller's team, the officials said. Chris Strohm, chicagotribune.com, "Mueller taps more prosecutors to help with growing Trump probe," 5 July 2018 The final $30,000 will be to supplement $245,000 already set aside by Burbank to pay for general counseling services for all district schools. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Burbank Unified extends service agreement with Family Service Agency," 27 June 2018 Two powerful trends are at work: a labor shortage amid the tightest job market in almost five decades, and the propensity for longer-living Americans to keep working — even part-time — to supplement often-meager retirement savings. Leslie Patton, The Seattle Times, "Senior citizens are replacing teenagers as fast-food workers," 13 Nov. 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
British : 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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