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supplement

[ noun suhp-luh-muhnt; verb suhp-luh-ment ]
/ noun ˈsʌp lə mənt; verb ˈsʌp ləˌmɛnt /
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noun
something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole.
a part added to a book, document, etc., to supply additional or later information, correct errors, or the like.
a part, usually of special character, issued as an additional feature of a newspaper or other periodical.
Geometry. the quantity by which an angle or an arc falls short of 180° or a semicircle.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of supplement

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin supplēmentum “that by which anything is made full,” equivalent to sup-sup- + plē- (stem of plēre “to fill”; see full1) + -mentum-ment

synonym study for supplement

2. See appendix. 5. See complement.

OTHER WORDS FROM supplement

sup·ple·ment·er, nounun·sup·ple·ment·ed, adjectivewell-sup·ple·ment·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH supplement

1. appendix, index, supplement (see synonym study at appendix)2. complement, supplement (see synonym study at complement)
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British Dictionary definitions for supplement

supplement

noun (ˈsʌplɪmənt)
an addition designed to complete, make up for a deficiency, etc
a section appended to a publication to supply further information, correct errors, etc
a magazine or section inserted into a newspaper or periodical, such as one with colour photographs issued every week
geometry
  1. either of a pair of angles whose sum is 180°
  2. an arc of a circle that when added to another arc forms a semicircleAbbreviation: sup, supp
verb (ˈsʌplɪˌmɛnt)
(tr) to provide a supplement to, esp in order to remedy a deficiency

Derived forms of supplement

supplementation, nounsupplementer, noun

Word Origin for supplement

C14: from Latin supplēmentum, from supplēre to supply 1
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