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supplement

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noun sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-mənt\

Definition of supplement

  1. 1a :  something that completes or makes an additionb :  dietary supplement

  2. 2 :  a part added to or issued as a continuation of a book or periodical to correct errors or make additions

  3. 3 :  an angle or arc that when added to a given angle or arc equals 180°

Examples of supplement in a sentence

  1. the supplement to the encyclopedia

  2. First-class accommodation is available for a supplement.

Origin and Etymology of supplement

Middle English, from Latin supplementum, from supplēre to fill up, complete — more at supply


First Known Use: 14th century


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supplement

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transitive verb sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-ˌment\

Definition of supplement

  1. :  to add or serve as a supplement to <does odd jobs to supplement his income>

supplementation

play \ˌsə-plə-ˌmen-ˈtā-shən, -mən-\ noun

supplementer

play \ˈsə-plə-ˌmen-tər\ noun

Examples of supplement in a sentence

  1. She began supplementing her diet with vitamins.

1749

First Known Use of supplement

1749



SUPPLEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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supplement

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noun sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-mənt\

Definition of supplement for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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supplement

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transitive verb sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-ˌment\

Definition of supplement for English Language Learners

  • : to add something to (something) in order to make it complete


SUPPLEMENT Defined for Kids

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supplement

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noun sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-mənt\

Definition of supplement for Students

  1. :  something that supplies what is needed or adds to something else <a food supplement>

Word Root of supplement

The Latin word plēre, meaning “to fill,” gives us the root ple. Words from the Latin plēre have something to do with filling or being full. Anything replete with something is full of that particular thing or quality. Something complete is totally full and finished. To deplete is to lessen the amount of something that was once full. A supplement is something that fills in something that is missing.


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verb sup·ple·ment \ˈsə-plə-ˌment\

Definition of supplement for Students

supplemented

supplementing

  1. :  to add to :  complete <Many workers supplement their incomes by doing odd jobs.>


Medical Dictionary

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supplement

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noun sup·ple·ment \ˈsəp-lə-mənt\

Medical Definition of supplement

  1. 1:  something that completes or makes an addition

  2. 2:  dietary supplement


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supplement

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transitive verb sup·ple·ment \ˈsəp-lə-ˌment\

Medical Definition of supplement

  1. :  to add a supplement to :  serve as a supplement for <utilizes…surgery to supplement the traditional treatment—Therapeutic Notes>

supplementation

\ˌsəp-lə-ˌmen-ˈtā-shən, -mən-\play noun


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