What does supplement mean?

Definitions for supplement
ˈsʌp lə mənt; -ˌmɛntsup·ple·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word supplement.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. addendum, supplement, postscript(noun)

    textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end

  2. supplement, supplementation(noun)

    a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency)

  3. accessory, appurtenance, supplement, add-on(verb)

    a supplementary component that improves capability

  4. supplement(verb)

    add as a supplement to what seems insufficient

    "supplement your diet"

  5. supplement(verb)

    serve as a supplement to

    "Vitamins supplemented his meager diet"

  6. append, add on, supplement, affix(verb)

    add to the very end

    "He appended a glossary to his novel where he used an invented language"


  1. supplement(Noun)

    Something added, especially to make up for a deficiency.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  2. supplement(Noun)

    An extension to a document or publication that adds information, corrects errors or brings up to date.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  3. supplement(Noun)

    An additional section of a newspaper devoted to a specific subject.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  4. supplement(Noun)

    An angle that, when added to a given angle, makes 180°; a supplementary angle.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  5. supplement(Noun)

    A vitamin, herbal extract, or chemical compound included with a diet to enhance muscular development.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  6. supplement(Verb)

    To provide or make a supplement to something.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supplement(verb)

    that which supplies a deficiency, or meets a want; a store; a supply

  2. Supplement(verb)

    that which fills up, completes, or makes an addition to, something already organized, arranged, or set apart; specifically, a part added to, or issued as a continuation of, a book or paper, to make good its deficiencies or correct its errors

  3. Supplement(verb)

    the number of degrees which, if added to a specified arc, make it 180¡; the quantity by which an arc or an angle falls short of 180 degrees, or an arc falls short of a semicircle.

  4. Supplement(verb)

    to fill up or supply by addition; to add something to


  1. Supplement

    A supplement is a publication that has a role secondary to that of another preceding or concurrent publication. A follow-on publication complements its predecessor, either by bringing it up-to-date, or by otherwise enhancing the predecessor's coverage of a particular topic or subject matter, as in the Tosefta. Supplements are particularly popular and useful in gaming hobbies. A newspaper supplement, often a weekly section of its parent, usually has a tabloid or Sunday magazine format and covers wide-ranging and less time-critical subjects, as in The American Weekly, the 2004 version of Life, and Parade; newspaper supplements became common in France and Germany in the mid to late 19th century—they were called feuilleton in French. In Chinese, they are called fukan. Advertising supplements periodically accompany corresponding newspapers and are prepared by the paper's advertising staff instead of its editorial staff. It is common for them to covering topics such as real estate and automobiles, on behalf of the paper's frequent advertisers. Some supplements are spin-offs from a newspaper sold separately and typically covering a specific topic, such as the Times Literary Supplement and the Times Educational Supplement

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Supplement

    sup′le-ment, n. that which supplies or fills up: any addition by which defects are supplied: the quantity by which an angle or an arc falls short of 180° or a semicircle.—v.t. Supplement′, to supply or fill up: to add to.—adjs. Supplemen′tal, Supplement′ary, added to supply what is wanting: additional.—adv. Supplement′arily.—ns. Supplementā′tion; Supplement′er.—v.t. Supplēte′, to supplement.—adjs. Supp′lētive, Supp′lētory, supplemental.—n. a supplement. [L. supplementumsupplēre, to fill up.]

Editors Contribution

  1. supplement

    things, products, or bodies that complete or enhance something else when added to it.

    Submitted by cyndibrant on January 11, 2021  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'supplement' in Nouns Frequency: #2314

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'supplement' in Verbs Frequency: #929

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supplement in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supplement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of supplement in a Sentence

  1. Bilal Chughtai:

    But since supplement manufacturers are not required to list which parts of the cranberry are in the supplement, all forms of powdered supplements (whether from juice or skins) are able to call themselves ‘cranberry’, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common, particularly in women, and result in major costs related to antibiotic use, hospitalizations as well as time lost from work.

  2. Danine Fruge:

    Your body has built-in mechanisms that don't allow it to overdose from food, but that doesn't exist for supplements. Too much magnesium via supplement can put your heart into an arrhythmia and that can even be fatal, particularly for people with issues like diabetes.

  3. Chris Engel:

    It has been a fantastic supplement for farmers facing a drought and you can just ring up and get a truck load when you need it.

  4. Alison Tedstone:

    To protect their bone and muscle health, they should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D, with the nation staying in to save lives and protect the NHS, many people are spending more time indoors and may not get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight.

  5. Raj Dasgupta:

    The dietary supplement melatonin is not a potent sleeping aid, it’s good for shifting your circadian rhythm. Usually, we suggest people take it two hours before their desired sleep time.

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