Definition of compliment verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

compliment

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compliment
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪment//
 
he / she / it compliments
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪments//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪments//
 
past simple complimented
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪmentɪd//
 
past participle complimented
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪmentɪd//
 
-ing form complimenting
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪmentɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪmentɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪment//
 
compliment somebody (on something) to tell somebody 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 flavours 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.
Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French compliment (noun), complimenter (verb), from Italian complimento ‘fulfilment of the requirements of courtesy’, from Latin complementum ‘completion, fulfilment’ (reflected in the earlier English spelling complement, gradually replaced by the French form between 1655 and 1715).
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