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verb [transitive] supplement pronunciation in British English /ˈsʌplɪment/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesupplementing
past tensesupplemented
past participlesupplemented
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  1. to add something extra in order to improve something or make it bigger
    Heat from the chimneys is pumped back in to supplement the heating system.
    supplement something with something: Our findings are supplemented with material from other surveys.
    1. a.
      to add extra money to the amount that you normally earn
      supplement your income/salary etc: He was able to supplement his income by writing stories.
    2. b.
      to add extra or different food to the amount that you normally eat
      Their diet was often supplemented by home-grown vegetables.

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 supplement pronunciation in British English /ˌsʌplɪmenˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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