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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Other Words from supplement

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

In this case, the boy’s vision did not return, even with nutritional supplements. Time, "A Teen Boy's Diet of Fries and Sausage Led to Blindness, According to a New Case Study," 3 Sep. 2019 This supplement helped keep many teachers in the profession and lessen the number of new teachers needed this year. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Thousands of teaching jobs still open for new school year in Florida," 23 Aug. 2019 If your diet is lacking in micronutrients, a skin supplement can help fill in the gaps. 5. Taylore Glynn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eight Skin-Transforming Secrets from a Korean Facialist," 22 Aug. 2019 Though its use as a hair and nail growth supplement is prevalent, research demonstrating the efficacy of biotin is limited and most has focused on nails. Ivana Rihter, Allure, "The Complete Guide to Hair Loss for Women," 22 Aug. 2019 Ajinomoto’s Cambrooke Therapeutics business hiked prices by 3,083 percent for five nutritional supplements needed by people with certain genetic conditions. NBC News, "Brand-name drug prices still rising - but at slower pace, lower amounts," 19 Aug. 2019 Speaking of Scherer: The Circleville Republican has introduced legislation that would legalize kratom, a controversial supplement that proponents claim can treat opioid withdrawal. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "AG Dave Yost suspends but defends Ohio’s facial-recognition software: Capitol Letter," 15 Aug. 2019 It can be taken in IV, nasal spray, Sub Q injection or supplement tablets. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Hollywood-Loved Spas and Clinics Where Stars Seek Secrets to Living Longer," 8 Aug. 2019 There are no supplements or add-ons available; everyone gets the same dishes, save for birthday or anniversary celebrants who might get an extra quenelle of ice cream for dessert. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "At Maum in Palo Alto, a tasting menu that celebrates Korean American classics," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Baltimore artist transforms these into haunting self-portraits by adding wax, plaster and paint that both complement and supplement the wooden shapes. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 The South Huntsville Main Business Association on Monday announced a program that would supplement money for façade improvements on businesses in a district on South Memorial Parkway with grant money from RFCU. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Redstone Credit Union grants to enhance Huntsville businesses," 26 Aug. 2019 Wine may have been the starting point for spritzes, but the recipe slowly evolved, first substituting flat water for the lift of bubbly soda water, then progressively supplementing the flavors with fortified wines and progressively, liqueurs. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The History of the Aperol Spritz," 24 Aug. 2019 The former mill building houses more than a factory floor, with multiple levels of engineers and designers supplementing the headquarters 35 miles away. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making a New Balance Sneaker," 23 Aug. 2019 But the local museum has carved out a unique niche nationally by supplementing standard exhibitions with off-beat and unusual public programs. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, "After a national search, MCA Denver hires from within to fill executive director role," 20 Aug. 2019 Part product analysis and part pep talk, Lin’s presentation breaks down smartwatch competitors and outlines the specific use cases where smartwatches can supplement or replace smartphones. Matt Sheehan, WIRED, "WFH: Chinese Engineers Abroad Come Back," 13 Aug. 2019 Activists have lobbied for more than a decade to create a program that could supplement federal and state grants that provide assistance to small, poor communities to build water treatment projects. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Gavin Newsom signs $1 billion clean-water package for poor areas," 24 July 2019 Roizen began supplementing her infant daughter’s diet with healthier foods such as spinach and beans and was shocked at how quickly Michelle’s blood chemistry improved. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego family spreads healthy eating mission at Parakeet Café," 17 July 2019

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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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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 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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