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.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  2. supplementnoun

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

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  3. supplementnoun

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

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  4. supplementnoun

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

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  5. supplementnoun

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

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

  6. supplementverb

    To provide or make a supplement to something.

    Etymology: From supplementum, from supplere.

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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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. Linsey Marr:

    These types of experiments are useful to help visualize how droplets travel in air and how effective masks can be, especially for the general public, however, we need to supplement these types of experiments with rigorous, quantitative studies that can tell us how well different masks work, especially for the sizes of droplets that are not evident with the methods used here.

  2. Sara Gottfried:

    I think it’s much better to do the foundational work to change the way you eat, move, think and supplement before you resort to prescription medication.

  3. Jacob Torres:

    We need to grow enough to supplement diet, just like here on Earth, we can't live on the same thing.

  4. August McGregor:

    FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS August McGregor did not specify when or where Notorious-branded whiskey will be available, but it’s not the first time the MMA fighter has ventured out of the ring to supplement his paycheck. In July, August McGregor announced plans to launch a clothing line with California-based designer David August, to be called August McGregor. I love fashion and I get to design clothes. It's like fighting, it's all about the small details.

  5. Mayor Bettie Parker:

    So we are ready to do whatever we need to do to supplement what we're already doing to make sure nothing like this happens again.

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