American English

Definition of compliment verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



compliment somebody (on something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compliment
he / she / it compliments
past simple complimented
-ing form complimenting
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to tell someone that you like or admire something they have done, their appearance, etc. She complimented him on his excellent German. Which Word?compliment / complement These words have similar spellings but completely different meanings. If you compliment someone, you say something very nice to them:She complimented me on my English.If one thing complements another, the two things work or look better because they are together:The different flavors complement each other perfectly. The adjectives are also often confused. Complimentary:She made some very complimentary remarks about my English.It can also mean “free”:There was a complimentary basket of fruit in our room.Complementary:The team members have different but complementary skills.
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