complement vs compliment :

complement or 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

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Definitions

  • n  a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
  • n  a complete number or quantity
    a full complement
  • n  number needed to make up a whole force
    a full complement of workers
  • n  something added to complete or embellish or make perfect
    a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner
  • 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
    I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup

  • n  a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
  • v  say something to someone that expresses praise
    He complimented her on her last physics paper
  • v  express respect or esteem for
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