supplement

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

Essential Meaning of supplement

1 : something that is added to something else in order to make it complete dietary/vitamin supplements
2 : an extra part that is added to a book or newspaper an advertising/literary supplement the supplement to the encyclopedia
3 British : an amount of money that must be paid in addition to the regular price First-class accommodation is available for a supplement.

Full 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

Other Words from supplement

Verb

supplementation \ ˌsə-​plə-​ˌmen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce supplement (audio) , -​mən-​ \ noun
supplementer \ ˈsə-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce supplement (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 Adding to the appeal of a portable supplement is the fact that fuel demand for USAF (and Army, Marine, Navy) weapons systems is expected to increase as advanced systems and over-the-horizon operations require increasing levels of power. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 And in a study published this summer, economists at the University of Chicago and the JPMorgan Chase Institute used data from thousands of Chase customers to study the effect of the $300 supplement. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 The amount of the supplement changed during the pandemic. Andrew Mollica, WSJ, 16 July 2021 The plaintiffs are asking the judge to order the resumption of the supplement. Tami Luhby, CNN, 12 July 2021 Republican governors are doing that by opting out of the $300 unemployment benefit supplement, but more can be done. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 June 2021 Which is why the very first product the 57-year-old Australian supermodel reaches for every morning is not a cleanser or three-figure cream, but rather a gut-supporting supplement that helps keep toxins out of the body—and off the face. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 The filing is a supplement to Rosengart's July petition on Britney Spears' behalf for the removal and suspension of James Spears, which will be addressed at a Sept. 29 hearing. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Pfizer received full approval for its vaccine from the FDA, so the request to add a booster dose is a supplement to that approval. Maggie Fox, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other media organizations, like APM, offer educational podcasts and resources to supplement them. Colette Coleman, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Early on, my focus during training was simply doing the mileage, with some hill repeats and a bit of speed work to supplement it. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2021 The app is free and can supplement checking social media alerts from your departure airport. Geoff Whitmore, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Additionally, officials had sought to move away from a past reliance on bond proceeds as a way to supplement the materials budget. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 10 Nov. 2021 The platform allowed university students and recent graduates to connect with businesses and present their academic projects to supplement their resumes. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 The $43,500 purchase — which the council approved last month — will supplement existing land the department had already purchased along Dewey Avenue, allowing for a pocket park and a trailhead to the Pennsy. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Nov. 2021 To supplement the show, dramaturge karen Krolak compiled a list of resources on women’s health, job support, and food insecurity. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2021 The Star Tribune reports the bars and liquor stores transferred more than $21 million back to their local governments in 2020, helping supplement traditional tax revenue. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021

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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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13 Nov 2021

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“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for supplement

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 supplement (audio) \ noun

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