What does supplement mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. addendum, supplement, postscriptnoun

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

  2. supplement, supplementationnoun

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

  3. accessory, appurtenance, supplement, add-onverb

    a supplementary component that improves capability

  4. supplementverb

    add as a supplement to what seems insufficient

    "supplement your diet"

  5. supplementverb

    serve as a supplement to

    "Vitamins supplemented his meager diet"

  6. append, add on, supplement, affixverb

    add to the very end

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


  1. supplementnoun

    Something added, especially to make up for a deficiency.

  2. supplementnoun

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

  3. supplementnoun

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

  4. supplementnoun

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

  5. supplementnoun

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

  6. supplementverb

    To provide or make a supplement to something.

  7. Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Addition to any thing by which its defects are supplied.

    Etymology: supplement, Fr. supplementum, Latin.

    Unto the word of God, being in respect of that end for which God ordained it, perfect, exact, and absolute in itself, we do not add reason as a supplement of any maim or defect therein, but as a necessary instrument, without which we could not reap by the scriptures perfection that fruit and benefit which it yieldeth. Richard Hooker.

    His blood will atone for our imperfection, his righteousness be imputed in supplement to what is lacking in ours. John Rogers.


  1. supplement

    A supplement is something that is added to something else in order to enhance it, complete it, or make up for a deficiency. This can refer to various contexts such as nutrition (vitamin or mineral supplement), publishing (additional section of a publication), or mathematics (angle which, when added to a given angle, makes 180 degrees).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supplementverb

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

  2. Supplementverb

    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. Supplementverb

    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. Supplementverb

    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  

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  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. Michael Bivona:

    Quoted from Interview by "Jim Kramer-The Street-June 17, 2015." Some seniors take part-time jobs during retirement to supplement their income, especially if they have been hurt financially by stock market downturns. Others may choose part-time work to keep busy, to socialize and to maintain their social and mental acuity.

  2. Lloyd P. Provost & R. M. Sprout, Quality Progress [August 1996]:

    Creative thinking should be viewed as an essential supplement to, though not a replacement for, critical thinking.

  3. 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.

  4. Kathy Mohnke:

    Marriage is like vitamins we supplement each other's minimum daily requirements.

  5. Vickie Kloeris:

    A crew member can obtain their nutritional requirements from our food system, and they are allowed to supplement if they desire to do so. The only supplement we provide is Vitamin D because they don’t have sunlight exposure.

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