Definition of supplementary in English:



  • Completing or enhancing something.

    ‘the programme offers supplementary information about the news’
    ‘the development of databases supplementary to existing ones’
    • ‘The easy exposition and the portrayal of the historical developments make this useful supplementary reading; with a text of original writings, it could serve as a good introductory text in the history of finance.’
    • ‘Then there's no end of trade publications, broker reports and media punditry that can provide supplementary company information.’
    • ‘Computer programs can allow learners to access supplementary information easily and quickly and also allow the learner to control the pace.’
    • ‘The draw-loom of Mahdia is a much simpler device, with four supplementary heddles operated in sequence by the weaver's assistant.’
    • ‘To validate our analysis, a draft of the empirical part of the paper was circulated to the key individuals interviewed, and the accuracy of the account was discussed over the phone in supplementary interviews.’
    • ‘During the process of transcribing his notebooks, he made additional annotations in the margins referring to supplementary information he had since collected.’
    • ‘In addition, they've added some interesting supplementary material which makes the whole package a rather attractive one.’
    • ‘In the financial accounts, adjustments are made with the supplementary information to split the data from these returns into separate financial and non-financial corporations.’
    • ‘Students are provided with all necessary materials including text-based study modules, supplementary textbooks, and access to various on-line facilities.’
    • ‘On steeper slopes contour cropping without supplementary practices reduces erosion losses by only about 10 percent.’
    • ‘What I resent is when something has been poorly thought out and you have to try to work out what was meant, and do supplementary research to make the piece hang together in any form.’
    • ‘Attempts to generate supplementary material to help those coming to it as a medium for the first time, to give some insight into how productions are created, but still evolve, can just seem stilted and off-putting.’
    • ‘Teaching is mostly by slide lecture, with supplementary gallery talks that provide access to the unparalleled collections in the museum.’
    • ‘Looms of this type are so named because they are fitted with a number of supplementary heddles that would be ‘drawn up’ by one or more assistants to the weaver.’
    • ‘Useful introductory and supplementary materials and informed commentaries on the individual works make this a work of interest to specialists and others.’
    • ‘Content consists of digital images from 700 artists, as well as supplementary information about the artwork and background information on each of the featured artists.’
    • ‘Nor has any effort been made to provide supplementary information of any sort, not even a few background production notes on the case or its insert.’
    • ‘The supplementary feed was given in amounts necessary to maintain a body condition score of 5 to 6 in a 1 to 9 scoring system described by Herd and Sprott.’
    • ‘In light of the above, it is recommended that another supplementary regulation be put in place that prohibits residents from owning significant bank deposits denominated in overseas currencies.’
    • ‘Corporations and nonprofit organizations, often working together, stepped in with a wide range of supplementary readings, classroom activities and, in recent years, websites.’
    additional, extra, supplemental, increased, further, more
    appended, attached, added, extra, accompanying, annexed, adjunct
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nounPlural supplementaries

  • 1A supplementary person or thing.

    • ‘To dismiss his band mates as supplementary would be totally unjust as besides some pretty half-hearted vocals that seem to have been added as an afterthought there's a level of freewheeling invention that surpasses most.’
    • ‘Obviously we are a panel of three and different members of the panel will explore different issues, but we may well ask supplementaries in order that we can ensure that the areas on which we require further information are well explored.’
    additional troops, fresh troops, additional police, supplementaries, auxiliaries, reserves
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    1. 1.1British A question asked in parliament following the answer to a tabled one.
      • ‘Things like the number of questions and supplementaries asked at Question Time, for example - or the number of speeches given in debate, or the number of written questions lodged.’
      • ‘He has not asked the full range of supplementaries that he had intended asking.’
      • ‘But when he gets on to the supplementaries and does not know what the question will be or what people will ask him, then it becomes enormously embarrassing.’
      • ‘I think it is just fair to say that following these introductory remarks I will lead on the questions and my colleagues will also contribute with supplementaries, if they are so minded.’
      • ‘His shouting the answer that he has given to an earlier answer does not address the question, which - unlike many supplementaries - actually followed on from what the Minister said.’
      • ‘At the end of these introductory remarks, one of my colleagues will lead on the questions to you, followed by the remainder of the panel, who may or may not have some supplementaries.’