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Definition of complimentary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    complimentary

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˌkɑmpləˈmɛntri//
     
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  1. 1given free complimentary tickets for the show
  2. 2complimentary (about something) expressing admiration, praise, etc. a complimentary remark She was extremely complimentary about his work. opposite uncomplimentary 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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