Compliment definition

kŏmplə-mənt
A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect.
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An expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation.
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Good wishes; regards.

Extend my compliments to your parents.

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Something said in admiration, praise, or flattery.
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A formal act or expression of courtesy or respect.
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To pay a compliment to; congratulate.
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(now chiefly dial.) A gift given for services; tip.
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To pay a compliment to.
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Common misconstruction of complement.
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To present something to (a person) as an act of politeness or respect.
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To show fondness, regard, or respect for by giving a gift or performing a favor.
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The definition of a compliment is the act of giving praise.

An example of compliment is calling someone's dress beautiful.

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Courteous greetings; respects.

Send it with our compliments.

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Compliment means to give praise.

An example of compliment is to tell someone that he is very intelligent.

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An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect.
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(uncountable) Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery.
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(intransitive) To pay a compliment (to); to express a favorable opinion (of).
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Common misspelling of complement.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
compliment
Plural:
compliments

Origin of compliment

  • French from Italian complimento from Spanish cumplimiento from cumplir to complete from Latin complēre to fill up com- intensive pref. com– plēre to fill pelə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Italian complimento Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir, from Vulgar Latin complire, from Latin complere.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French, from Italian complimento, from Vulgar Latin complire, from Latin complere

    From Wiktionary