Other forms: supplemented; supplements; supplementing

A supplement is something added to something else. Nutritional supplements add vitamins and minerals to the ones already included in the food you eat.

If a zombie army wants to increase its ranks but is running out of bodies, it might supplement its troops with mummies. If the zombies put out their manifesto and then realize they left out an important point, they might supplement the manifesto with a press release. That press release could also be referred to as a supplement.

Definitions of supplement
  1. noun
    a supplementary component that improves capability
    synonyms: accessory, add-on, appurtenance
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    auto accessory
    an accessory for an automobile
    computer accessory
    an accessory for a computer
    a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
    fixings, trimmings
    the accessories that normally accompany (something or some activity)
    gas fitting
    the fitting (pipes or valves or meters) that convey gas from the gas main to the gas fixtures of a building
    pipe fitting, pipefitting
    fitting consisting of threaded pieces of pipe for joining pipes together
    an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
    type of:
    component, constituent, element
    an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
  2. noun
    a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency)
    synonyms: supplementation
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    increase, increment
    the amount by which something increases
  3. noun
    textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end
    synonyms: addendum, postscript
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    supplementary material that is collected and appended at the back of a book
    continuation, sequel
    a part added to a book or play that continues and extends it
    a brief addendum at the end of a newspaper article
    a supplement to a will; a testamentary instrument intended to alter an already executed will
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    written works (especially in books or magazines)
Definitions of supplement
  1. verb
    add as a supplement to what seems insufficient
    supplement your diet”
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    vitaminise, vitaminize
    add vitamins as a supplement
    eke out, fill out
    supplement what is thought to be deficient
    supplement with leverage
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    make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
  2. verb
    add to the very end
    synonyms: add on, affix, append
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    attach to
    type of:
    cause to be attached
  3. verb
    serve as a supplement to
    “Vitamins supplemented his meager diet”
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    be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent
    form or compose
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