Complement is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.
- (UK) IPA: /ˈkɒmpləmənt/, SAMPA: /"kQmpl@m@nt/
- (US) IPA: /ˈkɑːmpləmənt/, SAMPA: /"kA:mpl@m@nt/
- Hyphenation: com‧ple‧ment
- compliment (in some dialects)
- (transitive) If complements , makes complete or whole.
- We believe your addition will complement the team.
- (transitive) If two people or things complement each other, each has what the other is missing or needs.
- The flavors of the pepper and garlic complement each other, giving a very rich taste in combination.
- I believe our talents really complement each other.
- (transitive) To change a voltage, number, color, etc. to its complement.
- Something which complements.
- We believe you will make a good complement to our team.
- (grammar) A complement is a word or phrase that is needed to make another word grammatical.
- In "he seems nice," nice is the complement of seems.
- (geometry) an angle which, together with a given angle, makes a right angle.
- The color which, when mixed with the given color, gives black (for mixing pigments) or white (for mixing light).
- The complement of blue is orange.
- In boating: The full number of people needed to man a ship (esp. a ship of war)
- The ship's complement is 35 people. 35 people are needed to sail the ship