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 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 Reduce the federal supplement to only $100 a week, and 25% of the workforce would still make more on unemployment. Utibe Effiong, The Conversation, "Raising the minimum wage is a health issue, too," 24 Mar. 2021 The new bill would increase the federal supplement to $400 per week and extend it through the end of August. Sarah Hansen, Forbes, "The U.S. Added 379,000 Jobs In February—Significantly More Than Economists Were Expecting," 5 Mar. 2021 There may have been a slight bump when the $600 federal unemployment supplement expired at the end of July. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Connecticut nonprofits cutting staff, services in pandemic as revenue from services plunges despite uptick in contributions," 7 Sep. 2020 The Lost Wages Assistance Program is a federal program announced in an executive order issued by President Trump after the $600 federal supplement expired in July. al, "Unemployed Alabamians to receive additional $300 from federal grant," 22 Aug. 2020 That effort has hit critical mass, says Walt Hickey, who analyzes Oscars data in a supplement to his newsletter Numlock News. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Should You Watch the 2021 Oscars? A Skeptic’s Guide," 21 Apr. 2021 In a supplement to the private placement memorandum the principals notified the investors about IRS Notice 2017-10, but downplayed its significance. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, "Fourth Class Action Suit Against Syndicated Conservation Easement Promoters," 19 Apr. 2021 The supplement market is developing quickly, Schneider said. Corinne Gretler, Bloomberg.com, "Nestle CEO Schneider Sees Health Sales Doubling by Next Year," 18 Sep. 2020 Always check with your healthcare provider before beginning a new supplement. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, "What are the health benefits of vitamin B12?," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nikole Hannah-Jones won a 2020 Pulitzer prize for her lead essay in the 1619 Project, and the Pulitzer Center has since partnered with the Times to create school resources that supplement the project. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Ohio Board of Education accused of limiting comments about race curriculum," 26 Apr. 2021 Minnesota on Thursday launched its eighth COVID-19 vaccination site in Oakdale that will supplement clinics, pharmacies and local public health events. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Variants make Minnesota new COVID-19 epicenter," 1 Apr. 2021 And while travelers can wear face shields or goggles while traveling, they cannot be used to supplement a mask. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "Coronavirus travel essentials: Masks, hand sanitizer and more," 22 Mar. 2021 For example, last month, G20 finance ministers recommended the International Monetary Fund explore issuing special drawing rights, which are supplemental foreign currency assets that can supplement member countries’ official reserves. Rajiv J. Shah, Fortune, "The choice for rich nations: Help vaccinate the developing world, or face a prolonged pandemic," 19 Mar. 2021 Australia is a great example of a country that has instituted mandatory retirement savings contributions that supplement their Social Security-type pension. Steve Parrish, Forbes, "The Value Of Auto-IRAs: A Conversation With Michael Finke," 10 Mar. 2021 The role players that supplement their star best will likely swing the outcome in their favor. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Lakers vs. Heat: Three keys to watch in Game 6 of the NBA Finals," 2 Mar. 2020 More than a quarter of Americans now rely on the gig economy to supplement their income in some manner, and one in 10 rely on it as their primary source of income. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Here’s how the PRO Act would impact freelance and gig workers," 31 Mar. 2021 In recent years, the city has encouraged agritourism as a way to supplement farmers’ income. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plan would increase homes in Oceanside’s last agricultural region," 28 Mar. 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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The first known use of supplement was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

5 May 2021

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“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 supplement (audio) \ noun

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