supplement

noun
sup·​ple·​ment | \ ˈsə-plə-mənt How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \
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 How to pronounce supplementation (audio) , -​mən-​ \ noun
supplementer \ ˈsə-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce supplementer (audio) \ 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 Dietary supplements are a booming industry, with some 80,000 kinds of supplements sold in 2016, according to a recent government report. Jared Hopkins, WSJ, "FDA Challenges Supplement Makers’ Marketing Claims," 11 Feb. 2019 Vitamin C As people seek ways to protect themselves from the virus, vitamin C supplements have been in high demand around the world, Bloomberg reported. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020 Allergy relief supplements are available as both chews and in liquid form. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Supplements to Keep Your Dog Healthy," 24 Apr. 2020 Fortunately for dogs these days, a number of companies make high-quality supplements to address all of those health issues. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Supplements to Keep Your Dog Healthy," 24 Apr. 2020 Feeders were filled with ground oyster shells, linseed meal, soy, corn, alfalfa meal, and natural vitamin supplements and fresh water flowed through small troughs. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It wasn't just toilet paper. People stocked up on eggs during pandemic, sending wholesale prices skyrocketing," 23 Apr. 2020 The act also adds $600 a week to the benefit amount that states offer, a supplement scheduled to last four months, and extends benefits for eligible workers until Dec. 31. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Recently laid off? Identify resources for help, and ask now," 18 Apr. 2020 AlGalCo's technology, Koehler said, supplements an existing engine without those obstacles. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel's city fleet first to use technology that creates hydrogen energy 'on demand'," 17 Apr. 2020 So always ask before taking multiple drugs and/or and any drug and supplement at once. Madeleine Burry, Woman's Day, "Avoid These Common Medication Mistakes," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, introduced a measure Thursday that would supplement the small-business relief fund with an additional $251 billion. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi rejects GOP small-business relief package," 9 Apr. 2020 Birds also need access to native plants, which provide them with habitat, food, and insect prey that can both supplement diets and support species that don’t eat seeds at feeders. Popular Science, "Expert-approved ways to feed all your favorite birds," 8 Mar. 2020 Birds also need access to native plants, which provide them with habitat, food and insect prey that can both supplement diets and support species that don’t eat seeds at feeders. Julian Avery, The Conversation, "It’s OK to feed wild birds – here are some tips for doing it the right way," 2 Mar. 2020 Another way to supplement the benefits of these Elixir Vitae serums is by giving yourself a daily facial massage, either with your hands or a tool like a jade roller. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Nature’s Botox and Filler? Yes, They Exist, Says Green Beauty Expert Tata Harper," 21 Oct. 2019 Some have secondary businesses to supplement their income. Clare Watson, Smithsonian, "Scientists and Miners Team Up to Preserve Opalized Fossils," 1 Aug. 2019 This includes having to work extra hours due to inadequate staff, lack of diagnostic facilities or to supplement monthly income. Olayinka Stephen Ilesanmi, Quartz Africa, "As Nigeria’s health infrastructure crumbles, doctors have become a key export," 3 July 2019 Such a family could expect just $3,456 a year from AFDC to supplement its meager income, an amount that went without an update for years as inflation soared. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Welfare Queen," 2 July 2019 The aide added that community banks, microlenders and other sources should supplement the efforts of major banks. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, "McConnell Moves on Quick Aid Vote While Pelosi Urges More Cash," 15 May 2020

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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 entry 2

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Time Traveler for supplement

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The first known use of supplement was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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supplement

noun
How to pronounce supplement (audio)

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
How to pronounce supplement (audio)

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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \
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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supplement (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce supplementation (audio) \ noun

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