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 Claims that supplements, such as vitamin C or zinc, might help protect against the virus are not supported by research, Buchholz, Yun and Wright all agreed. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "What to do if you think you were exposed to the coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 His program, which includes a very strict dietary regimen and expensive supplements, claims to detoxify the body of disease and restore alkalinity (no scientific research is available to support his claims). Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dr. Sebi Diet, According to a Registered Dietitian," 17 Mar. 2020 Headaches can also be relieved by over-the-counter medications; application of essential oils such as peppermint or lavender; magnesium supplements; and relaxation techniques including deep breathing, according to Harvard Medical School. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Smartphones may make your headaches worse, study finds," 4 Mar. 2020 The supplement, released late Tuesday, simply puts a finer point on those restrictions, and in many cases, expands them — to cover all science, data, and models the agency uses, not just that used for regulations. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Reality check — Biden is the top candidate for climate change-focused voters," 4 Mar. 2020 Much of this has been accompanied by ads making unproven claims about the value of nutritional supplements, protective masks or supposed medicines in combating the outbreak. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Tech firms take a hard line against coronavirus myths. So why not other types of misinformation?," 28 Feb. 2020 There are already a lot of unscientific and unproven myths swirling, along with people trying to sell things that won’t actually protect you from this coronavirus, like vitamin supplements, hazard gear, and fake treatments. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "5 Things to Do If You’re Worried About Coronavirus in the U.S.," 27 Feb. 2020 Taking your entire dietary allowance of calcium at one time in the form of a supplement, on the other hand, may slightly increase your risk of stones. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "What to Eat to Prevent Kidney Stones," 7 Feb. 2020 But Brown’s first test of the supplement, conducted on an MOP coach and trainer, Steve Magness, was done at a higher level. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspicious athletes led to coaching great Salazar’s downfall," 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Find a slot receiver at a lower cost there, develop him and supplement the defensive line or secondary. David Moore, Dallas News, "The initial grade is in, but what the Cowboys need to accomplish in free agency is far from complete," 19 Mar. 2020 Five nursing home employees who had respiratory symptoms have recovered and returned to work, bringing the facility’s staff to 115, supplemented during three shifts by doctors and nurses in a U.S. Public Health Service team that arrived Sunday. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus toll mounts at Seattle-area nursing home," 9 Mar. 2020 Sophomores Ramar Pryor and Sencire Harris supplemented Branham's effort Saturday. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Lutheran East wins fifth straight title, but steps up for 68-46 win vs. Glenville: Division II district championships," 8 Mar. 2020 Other science out of the University of California-Davis has show that by supplementing cow feed with seaweed, some cows’ methane production could be decreased by as much as 60%. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The largest organic dairy company says it wants to go beyond carbon neutral," 4 Mar. 2020 Conservative thinkers often argue that a UBI should replace costly social safety net programs, while liberals insist such a payment must supplement those critical services. USA TODAY, "California city gives residents $500 a month. Is this the future of progressive politics?," 1 Mar. 2020 What happened: The US government charged the company with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets in a new indictment unsealed Thursday, supplementing charges lodged against the company a year ago. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Germany's economy has flatlined. The coronavirus could push it into recession," 14 Feb. 2020 The data comes from country health systems and will be supplemented. Scott Thurm, Wired, "A Foundation Built on Oil Embraces the Green Revolution," 2 Feb. 2020 There are indications, though, that the consumer spending keeping the nation’s economic momentum going is starting to show signs of fatigue, as consumers supplement slowing wage gains with more debt-fueled spending. NBC News, "What's going under the tree this year? Lots of bills.," 15 Nov. 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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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

23 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supplement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplement. Accessed 31 Mar. 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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