complement - compliment

complement - compliment
These words can both be used as verbs or nouns. When they are used as verbs, they are pronounced . When they are used as nouns, they are pronounced .
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'complement'
If one thing complements another, they increase each other's good qualities when they are brought together.

Crisp pastry complements the juicy fruit of an apple pie.

Current advances in hardware development nicely complement British software skills.

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A complement is an adjective or noun group which comes after a link verb such as `be'. See entry at ↑ Complements.
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'compliment'
If you compliment someone, you tell them that you admire something that they have or something that they have done.

He complimented Morris on his new car.

She is to be complimented for handling the situation so well.

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A compliment is something that you do or say to someone to show your admiration for them.

She took his acceptance as a great compliment.

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You say that you pay someone a compliment.

He knew that he had just been paid a great compliment.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • complement, compliment —    The words come from the same Latin root, complere, meaning to fill up, but have long had separate meanings. Compliment means to praise. Complement has stayed closer to the original meaning: it means to fill out or make whole. As such, it… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • complement, compliment —    The words come from the same Latin root, complere, meaning to fill up, but have long had separate meanings. Compliment means to praise. Complement has stayed closer to the original meaning: it means to fill out or make whole. As such, it… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • complement — complement, compliment, complementary, complimentary 1. Complement and compliment each function as noun and verb; in pronunciation they are largely indistinguishable except that in the verbal function compliment has a fuller i sound in its second …   Modern English usage

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  • compliment — See complement, compliment …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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