Definition of supplement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌplɪm(ə)nt/
1A thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it: the handout is a supplement to the official manual
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  • On the other hand, the Accelerando Series is a useful supplement to piano instruction for the elementary pianist of any age.
  • All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
  • The existing commentary works as a supplement to the movie without necessarily shedding new light on it.
addition, supplementation, additive, extra, companion, add-on, accessory, adjunct, appendage, appurtenance
1.1A substance taken to remedy the deficiencies in a person’s diet: multivitamin supplements
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  • The selling of the plethora of diet pills, supplements and herbal remedies is only one part of a broader, troubling picture.
  • He said using more dairy products, such as whey, as food ingredients and nutritional supplements, looks very promising, and he gave a detailed overview of the potential market.
  • It is already used as a food supplement and as an ingredient in adhesives, finishing materials for paper and textiles, paints, and other nonfood products.
1.2A separate section, especially a colour magazine, added to a newspaper or periodical: our special supplement is packed with ideas for healthy hair
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  • Reports on the activities of these schools appeared in women's magazines or as part of Sunday newspaper supplements.
  • We supported these in-person information sessions with new brochures, print ads, and newspaper supplements.
  • The advertisements in the glossy weekend newspaper supplements are an attempt to dictate wants.
magazine section, pull-out, insert, special-feature section
1.3A sum of money paid to increase a person’s income: an earnings-related supplement was paid during the first six months of unemployment
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  • They also want the clock stopped for welfare recipients who are in job-training programs or are working but still receiving income supplements.
  • Do you want to be a full-time game developer, or do you want to do this as an income supplement or a hobby?
  • It's not the first IT-related crisis to hit the tax credit system, which was established in its present form two years ago as a means to pay supplements to families on low incomes.
1.4An additional charge payable for an extra service or facility: the single room supplement is £2 per night
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  • One of the main problems people face when travelling on their own is that they usually get charged a single supplement or sole occupancy rate.
  • Single travellers willing to share accommodation can bypass the single supplement charge.
  • A small supplement is charged for these rooms, but it is well worth it.
surcharge, addition, increase
2 Geometry The amount by which an angle is less than 180°.


Pronunciation: /ˈsʌplɪmɛnt/
[with object]
Add an extra element or amount to: she took the job to supplement her husband’s income
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  • The interview was supplemented with several rounds of scotch.
  • But the point that many museums are devoted to or supplementing their holdings with popular arts is exciting because it opens a window on unique ideas for audiences who might not have known them before.
  • His deft critique of the British media scene is supplemented by useful points of comparison with the situation in America, France, Italy and Sweden.
augment, increase, add to, boost, swell, amplify, enlarge, make larger/bigger/greater;
top up, complement, round off, complete;
widen, broaden, expand



Pronunciation: /sʌplɪˈmɛnt(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • I'm very concerned about people taking hormones supplementally, unless there's very good reason to do that.
  • They observed that parents of supplementally fed puffin chicks compensated for the extra food by making less-frequent food deliveries.
  • He also believes that antioxidants taken supplementally will combat the negative effects of exercise by protecting cells and tissues against destructive free radicals.


Late Middle English: from Latin supplementum, from supplere 'fill up, complete' (see supply1).

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