complement




A complement is something that makes up a satisfying whole with something else. Those shiny red shoes you just bought complement your shiny red purse.

Complement comes from the Latin complementum, “something that fills up or completes.” Complement keeps both the e and the meaning. It’s also a verb; if you and your partner complement each other, you make a perfect pair. Something that complements completes or adds a little something.

Definitions of complement
  1. noun

    something added to complete or embellish or make perfect

    “a fine wine is a perfect
    complement to the dinner”
    synonyms:
    accompaniment
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    type of:

    adjunct

    something added to another thing but not an essential part of it

  2. noun

    a complete number or quantity

    “a full
    complement
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    type of:

    count

    the total number counted

  3. noun

    number needed to make up a whole force

    “a full
    complement of workers”
    synonyms:
    full complement
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    types:

    company, ship’s company

    crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship
    type of:

    hands, manpower, men, work force, workforce

    the force of workers available

  4. noun

    either of two parts that mutually complete each other

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    type of:

    counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis

    a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another

  5. noun

    a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction

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    type of:

    construction, expression, grammatical construction

    a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit

  6. noun

    one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response

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    type of:

    enzyme

    any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions

  7. verb

    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”
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    type of:

    balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

    bring into balance or equilibrium

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