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kam pl mnt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Homophone Note, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that makes a fine accompaniment to something else, makes it complete or perfect, or creates a perfect balance for it.
The sauce makes a nice complement to the flavor of the meat.
accompaniment, finish, touch
similar words:
addition, clincher, consummation, crown, supplement
definition 2: an amount that makes up a full quantity, or the amount that is the maximum allowed.
When the complement of members was in attendance, the meeting began.Each soldier received his complement of rations and no more.
aggregate, entirety, sum, total, whole
definition 3: the part that when added to something else makes up a whole or makes up a full quantity of something.
The red tailored jacket and its complement, a pair of matching wool trousers, make up this very stylish suit.Our office here in New York, together with our complement in London, can see to the needs of our clients on both continents.
similar words:
addendum, addition, augmentation, correlate, correlative, correspondent, counterpart, enrichment, mate
definition 4: in grammar, a word or phrase that is necessary to complete a construction, such as "happy" in the sentence "He seems happy," or "a judge" in the sentence "She became a judge."
The complement of a verb is called a direct object (for example, the word "cake" in the sentence "I baked a cake"), but not all verbs require complements.
similar words:
correlative, ending, supplement
definition 5: in geometry, the difference between a right angle and a given angle that is less than ninety degrees.
definition 6: a heat-sensitive substance in normal blood serum and plasma that, in combination with antibodies, destroys antigens.
Word Combinations  About this feature
adjective + (n.)complement active, alternative, entire, essential, excellent, full, ideal, logical, natural, near, necessary, nice, normal, opposite, perfect, useful, usual
verb + (n.)complement activate, contain, lack, maintain
(n.)complement + verb compete
noun + (n.)complement Help brain, cell, finding, pathway, potato, principle, ship
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: complements, complementing, complemented
definition: to make a fine accompaniment to, or to complete, perfect, or bring into perfect balance.
My father is outgoing and my mother is shy, and they complement each other in many other ways as well.This wine complements the fish very nicely.
cap, complete, conclude, crown, culminate, perfect
similar words:
climax, finish, round out, supplement
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)complement beautifully, near, perfectly
(v.)complement + adverb nicely
(v.)complement + nounHelp architecture, chocolate, collection, commentary, component, curriculum, decor, dish, display, effort, exhibition, flavor, foliage, frame, furnishing, furniture, green, ingredient, instruction, learning, lecture, mechanism, objective, offering, outfit, pork, scheme, setting, skill, skin, style, survey, sweetness, talent, telescope, text, theme, tomato, tone  [See all][See only the most frequent]
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word compliment (a flattering comment)? Complement and compliment sound alike, but they have different meanings.
Word Parts  About this feature
The word complement contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
ple, plen, plet Latin root that means fill up, fulfill
-ment Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or instance of
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The suffix -ment attaches to Latin verb roots (e.g., doc, reg, sed) or to English verbs of Latin origin to form nouns.