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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Homophone Note, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kam pl mnt
definition 1: an expression of praise, admiration, or approval.
The director's compliment on her performance meant a lot to her as an actress.She says her husband never gives her compliments anymore.She meant her remark as a compliment, but he took it as a criticism.He dresses well and gets frequent compliments on his suits.
criticism, insult, rebuke, stricture
similar words:
accolade, admiration, approval, commendation, congratulation, encomium, homage, kudos, panegyric, praise, tribute
definition 2: a formal act of courtesy or respect.
As a compliment to the French ambassador, the orchestra struck up "La Marseillaise."
homage, respects, salutation, salute, tribute
similar words:
acknowledgment, encomium, eulogy, panegyric, toast
definition 3: (pl.) a formal greeting or expression of regard.
My father sends his compliments to you and your family.I'd like to offer my compliments to the chef.
greetings, regards, respects, salutation
Word Combinations  About this feature
adjective + (n.)compliment back-handed, backhanded, effusive, embarrassed, genuine, greatest, handsome, high, implied, incredible, insincere, lavish, left-handed, lovely, nice, pleased, polite, rare, sexy, sincere, ultimate  [See all][See only the most frequent]
verb + (n.)compliment absorb, accept, acknowledge, appreciate, backhand, beam, brush, delight, exchange, intend, makeover, mean, murmur, pay, please, prompt, receive, relay, repay, reproduce, return, savor, shower, shrug, smile, sound, suppose, thank, warm [See all][See only the most frequent]
(n.)compliment + verb bestow, boost, skip
noun + (n.)compliment Help fishing, hug, identification, neighbor, praise, remark, smile, stranger, thanks, vocabulary, warmth
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: kam pl ment
inflections: compliments, complimenting, complimented
definition 1: to give a compliment to.
The boss complimented us on our work today.
applaud, laud, praise
abuse, criticize, disparage, insult, malign
similar words:
acclaim, approve, commend, congratulate, extol, felicitate, honor, salute
definition 2: to display affection or respect by a gift or favor.
They complimented the groom's family with a special gift.
similar words:
applaud, congratulate, honor, salute, toast
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)compliment best, high, rarely
(v.)compliment + adverb nicely
(v.)compliment + nounHelp appearance, chef, chicken, clothes, cooking, courage, decor, dress, guest, hair, lady, outfit, shoe, skill
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word complement (something that completes or perfects)? Compliment and complement sound alike and look almost the same, but they have different meanings.
Word Parts  About this feature
The word compliment 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.