supplement Definition

  • 1something that is added to something else to make it complete
  • 2a pill, powder, or other substance containing nutrients and taken as a dietary supplement

Using supplement: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "supplement" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I take vitamin supplements every day.

  • Example

    The magazine comes with a free supplement on healthy living.

  • Example

    The company's profits were boosted by a supplement to their main product line.

supplement Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for supplement

Phrases with supplement

  • an addition or extension to something


    The report includes a supplement to the original findings.

  • to earn extra money in addition to one's regular income


    She supplements her income by working part-time on weekends.

  • a product that is intended to supplement the diet and contains one or more dietary ingredients


    Many people take dietary supplements to ensure they are getting enough vitamins and minerals.

Origins of supplement

from Latin 'supplementum', meaning 'something added'


Summary: supplement in Brief

The term 'supplement' [ˈsʌpləmənt] refers to something added to complete or enhance something else. It can refer to a pill or powder taken as a dietary supplement, as in 'I take vitamin supplements every day.' 'Supplement' also extends to phrases like 'supplement to,' which denotes an addition or extension, and 'supplement income,' which means to earn extra money.

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