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Related to complement: compliment, Complement system
Complements are words or groups of words that are necessary to complete the meaning of another part of the sentence. Complements act like modifiers to add additional meaning to the word or words they are attached to. However, unlike adjunct modifiers, they do not add supplemental information—they provide information that is necessary to achieve the intended meaning in the sentence.
Complements, even those that complete the meaning of the subject, are always part of the predicate.
com•ple•ment(n. ˈkɒm plə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt)
Complementthe full amount; a set; the total number of personnel of a ship or military establishment; a cargo; the amount needed to fill a conveyance.
These words can both be verbs or nouns. When they are verbs, they are pronounced
If one thing complements another, the two things increase each other's good qualities when they are brought together.
If you compliment someone, you tell them that you admire something that they have or something that they have done.
A compliment is something that you do or say to someone to show your admiration for them.
You say that you pay someone a compliment.
Past participle: complemented
|Noun||1.||complement - a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction|
|2.||complement - a complete number or quantity; "a full complement"|
count - the total number counted; "a blood count"
|3.||complement - number needed to make up a whole force; "a full complement of workers"|
|4.||complement - something added to complete or embellish or make perfect; "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner"; "wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish"|
adjunct - something added to another thing but not an essential part of it
|5.||complement - one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response|
immune reaction, immune response, immunologic response - a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
|6.||complement - either of two parts that mutually complete each other|
|Verb||1.||complement - make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to; "I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup"|
to be a complement to → complementar a
this wine is the perfect complement to smoked salmon → este vino complementa perfectamente al salmón ahumado
The borough will be 100 teachers short of a full complement of 2,500 → La municipalité aura 100 professeurs manquants par rapport à un effectif total de 2,500.
to have the full complement of sth (= proper number or amount) → avoir la totalité de qch
They did not have the full complement of 11 players on the pitch → Ils n'avaient pas la totalité des onze joueurs sur le terrain.