The definition of a complement is something that makes something else complete.(noun)
An example of complement is a set of jewelry that makes an outfit look finished.
Complement means to make something complete.(verb)
An example of complement is to add jewelry to a dress to finish the look.
See complement in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < L complementum, that which fills up or completes < complere: see complete
See complement in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin complēmentum
Origin: , from complēre, to fill out; see complete. Usage Note: Complement and compliment, though quite distinct in meaning, are sometimes confused because they are pronounced the same. As a noun, complement means “something that completes or brings to perfection” (The antique silver was a complement to the beautifully set table); used as a verb it means “to serve as a complement to.” The noun compliment means “an expression or act of courtesy or praise” (They gave us a compliment on our beautifully set table), while the verb means “to pay a compliment to.”
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