- complements, complementing, complemented(The verb is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱mplɪment[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱mplɪmənt[/t]].)1) VERB If one thing complements another, it goes well with the other thing and makes its good qualities more noticeable.
[V n] Nutmeg, parsley and cider all complement the flavour of these beans well.Syn:2) VERB If people or things complement each other, they are different or do something different, which makes them a good combination.
[V n] There will be a written examination to complement the practical test...
[V n] We complement one another perfectly.3) N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N to n Something that is a complement to something else complements it.
The green wallpaper is the perfect complement to the old pine of the dresser...
Political knowledge is a necessary complement to science in approaching solutions to these problems.4) N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N of n The complement of things or people that something has is the number of things or people that it normally has, which enable it to function properly. [FORMAL]
Each ship had a complement of around a dozen officers and 250 men...
Not one house on the Close still had its full complement of windows.5) N-COUNT In grammar, the complement of a link verb is an adjective group or noun group which comes after the verb and describes or identifies the subject. For example, in the sentence `They felt very tired', `very tired' is the complement. In `They were students', `students' is the complement.
English dictionary. 2008.