complement

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈkɒmpləmənt/, SAMPA: /"kQmpl@m@nt/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈkɑːmpləmənt/, SAMPA: /"kA:mpl@m@nt/
  • Hyphenation: com‧ple‧ment

Homophones[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
complement

Third-person singular
complements

Past tense
complemented

Past participle
complemented

Present participle
complementing

  1. (transitive) To make complete or whole.
    We believe your addition will complement the team.
  2. (transitive) To have what the partner does not have and lack what the partner has.
    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.
  3. (transitive) To change a voltage, number, color, etc. to its complement.

Noun[change]

Singular
complement

Plural
complements

  1. Something which complements.
    We believe you will make a good complement to our team.
  2. (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.
  3. (geometry) an angle which, together with a given angle, makes a right angle.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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Grammar (edit)
parts of speech noun - verb - adjective - adnoun - adverb - determinative/determiner - article - participle - pronoun - conjunction - preposition - interjection
grammatical functions head - subject - predicate - object - complement - modifier - adjunct - determiner/specifier
clauses independent clause - dependent clause - subordinate clause - relative clause