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 Most notably, the extra $600 weekly unemployment benefit provided by the federal government, as a supplement to existing state unemployment insurance, is due to expire at the end of this month. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "What the GOP has in mind for a second round of stimulus checks," 9 July 2020 Or ask your doctor about a supplement, says Erica Song, MD, an integrative gynecologist in Englewood, New Jersey. Leslie Pepper, Better Homes & Gardens, "Decoding Your Hormones: How to Navigate Your Body's Changes as You Age," 30 June 2020 Any claims that a medication, herbal supplement or other substance can prevent infection with the COVID-19 virus or cure COVID-19 are bogus. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Coronavirus myths debunked by Mayo Clinic experts," 10 July 2020 At 7 percent unemployment, the supplement is eliminated. Michael R. Strain, Houston Chronicle, "Opinion: How Congress can scale back unemployment benefits," 3 July 2020 The timing is fortunate, as a $600 weekly federal supplement to state jobless benefits is scheduled to end July 31. Editors, USA TODAY, "New California restrictions, EU travel ban, minimum wage hikes: 5 things to know Wednesday," 1 July 2020 Without the supplement, Mr. Santiago will have to make do with $257 a month after taxes – that’s less than half his paycheck at the brewery. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a pandemic, is a fast government check better than a larger one?," 29 June 2020 If they are extended, the size of the federal supplement will face scrutiny as unemployment benefits are in many cases paying workers more to stay home than to return to work. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Economists project another slow Alaska recovery after pandemic," 25 June 2020 The vitamin-and-supplement seller blamed the filing on plummeting sales due to the coronavirus pandemic, supplier demands for faster payments, interest coming due soon on bond debt and the drag on earnings from underperforming stores. Peg Brickley And Colin Kellaher, WSJ, "Vitamin Seller GNC Holdings Files for Bankruptcy," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Massachusetts, Partners in Health has worked with Gov. Charlie Baker who committed $44 million to build a central COVID-19 tracing force to supplement local health departments. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "As US cases soar, 'coronavirus detectives' face new strain," 8 July 2020 Charters get more funding from the state per pupil than district schools, but charters cannot receive the local property tax money that districts often rely on to supplement teacher pay and other necessities. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "These Arizona charter and private schools received paycheck protection loans," 7 July 2020 Lots of people at them just to supplement their health. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With time and space, trio put together a grown-to-order, hydroponic microgreens business," 11 July 2020 The planes will supplement 59 MiG-29’s and 272 Sukhoi aircraft currently in service. Washington Post, "India to buy 33 Russian fighter aircraft for $2.43 billion," 2 July 2020 Austermuhl relies on performances at bars and markets and tips from summer tourists to supplement his income. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "This year’s PFD may be smaller, but it’s helping Alaskans pay the bills during COVID-19," 2 July 2020 The semiautomatic tracing program is meant to supplement the work of about 260 temporary contact tracers the county is currently hiring using federal dollars. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas County will consider whether to limit crowds before July Fourth; new contact tracing program to track COVID-19 cases," 26 June 2020 The biggest mistake chicken owners make is to supplement too much, Hermes said. oregonlive, "How to keep chickens healthy and eggs plentiful," 22 June 2020 This is, after all, a brand new kind of automation, a highly sophisticated machine meant to supplement the skills of human workers. Matt Simon, Wired, "You Can Now Buy Spot the Robot Dog—If You’ve Got $74,500," 16 June 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

27 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for supplement

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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