complement vs compliment : Common Errors in English

About complement vs compliment

Originally these two spellings were used interchangeably, but they havecome to be distinguished from each other in modern times. Most of thetime the word people intend is “compliment": nice things said aboutsomeone ("She paid me the compliment of admiring the way I shined myshoes.”). “Complement,” much less common, has a number of meaningsassociated with matching or completing. Complements supplement eachother, each adding something the others lack, so we can say that“Alice’s love for entertaining and Mike’s love for washing dishescomplement each other.” Remember, if you’re not making nice to someone,the word is “complement.”A complement can also be the full number of something needed to make it complete: “my computer has a full complement of video-editing programs.” If it is preceded by “full” the word you want is almost certainly “complement.”See also

complement Meaning(s)

  • (n) a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
  • (n) a complete number or quantity
  • (n) number needed to make up a whole force
  • (n) something added to complete or embellish or make perfect
  • (n) one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response
  • (n) either of two parts that mutually complete each other
  • (v) make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to

compliment Meaning(s)

  • (n) a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
  • (v) say something to someone that expresses praise
  • (v) express respect or esteem for

complement in News

  1. Japan mulls hosting global collider project - Nikkei

    (Reuters) - The government has decided to solicit construction in Japan of the International Linear Collider (ILC), a next-generation particle accelerator that will allow physicists to explore rudimentary questions about the universe, the Nikkei said. The ILC will complement the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which confirmed the existence of the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Facebook adds 'hashtag' feature, taking a page from Twitter

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, the world's No. 1 social network, is adopting the "hashtag," one of the most recognizable features of its younger rival Twitter, in a move to position its Web service as an important complement to television, sporting events and breaking news. Facebook said on Wednesday that it will begin to roll out the feature on its social network ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Emdat Platform Brings Financial and Productivity Benefits

    Emdat Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions designed to complement EHR documentation, announced a new case study today highlighting the time- and money-saving benefits their solutions brought ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

compliment in News

  1. Somber Superman: Zack Snyder delivers, even if ''Man of Steel'' is moodier than most

    Film: Zack Snyder, visionary director. The title gets plastered across ads for every movie he makes, but lately, it's more the butt of a joke than a compliment. After a run of recent failures -- Watchmen , Sucker Punch , Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole -- Snyder seemed doomed to be remembered as an utterly flawed, utterly ambitious filmmaker. Perhaps by accident, though, "visionary ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Metro Weekly

  2. PHT: Obama tweets support for Blackhawks

    Be nice. He meant it as a compliment. The 22-year-old was an alternate last season.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Apple Flatters Microsoft With Imitation

    Apple ( AAPL ) paid Microsoft ( MSFT ) something of a compliment on Monday when it unveiled iOS 7, the latest iteration of its mobile device operating system–which looks an awful lot like the software that runs on Windows Phone.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: BusinessWeek

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