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com•pli•ment(n. ˈkɒm plə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt)
These words can both be verbs or nouns. When they are verbs, they are pronounced /'kɒmplɪment/. When they are nouns, they are pronounced /'kɒmplɪmənt/.
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: complimented
|Noun||1.||compliment - a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration|
congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise - an expression of approval and commendation; "he always appreciated praise for his work"
trade-last - a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me
flattery - excessive or insincere praise
|Verb||1.||compliment - say something to someone that expresses praise; "He complimented her on her last physics paper"|
praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
|2.||compliment - express respect or esteem for|
greet - send greetings to
praise blast, condemn, flame (informal), insult, put down, criticize, reproach, disparage, decry, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), lambast(e), reprehend
what a nice compliment! → ¡qué detalle!
that was meant as a compliment → lo dije con buena intención
to pay sb a compliment (respectful) → hacer cumplidos a algn; (amorous) → echar piropos a algn; (= flatter) → halagar a algn
to return the compliment → devolver el cumplido
I take it as a compliment that → me halaga (el) que ...
my compliments to the chef → mi enhorabuena al cocinero
the compliments of the season → felicidades fpl
to send one's compliments to sb → enviar saludos a algn
"with compliments" → "con un atento saludo"
with the compliments of the management → obsequio de la casa
with the compliments of Mr Pearce → con un atento saludo del Sr. Pearce, de parte del Sr. Pearce
with the author's compliments → homenaje m or obsequio m del autor
they complimented me on my Spanish → me felicitaron por mi español
to compliment sb on sth → complimenter qn sur qch
They complimented me on my French → Ils m'ont complimenté sur mon français.
to compliment sb for doing sth → complimenter qn d'avoir fait qch
to pay sb a compliment → faire un compliment à qn, adresser un compliment à qn
to return the compliment → retourner le compliment