complement

complement
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.

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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.

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  • complément — [ kɔ̃plemɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1308; de l a. fr. complir « remplir »; repris 1690; lat. complementum, de complere « remplir » 1 ♦ Ce qui s ajoute ou doit s ajouter à une chose pour qu elle soit complète. ⇒ achèvement, couronnement. Le complément est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Complément à 2 — Complément à deux Le complément à deux est une représentation binaire des entiers relatifs qui permet d effectuer les opérations arithmétiques usuelles naturellement. bit de signe 0 1 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • Complement — Com ple*ment, n. [L. complementun: cf. F. compl[ e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf. {Compliment}.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • complement — ► NOUN 1) a thing that contributes extra features to something else so as to enhance or improve it. 2) the number or quantity that makes something complete. 3) a word or words used with a verb to complete the meaning of the predicate (e.g. happy… …   English terms dictionary

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