Meaning of COMPLEMENT in English

verb , noun

■ verb

/ ˈkɒmplɪment; NAmE ˈkɑːm-/ [ vn ] to add to sth in a way that improves it or makes it more attractive :

The excellent menu is complemented by a good wine list.

The team needs players who complement each other .

➡ note at compliment

■ noun /ˈkɒmplɪmənt; NAmE ˈkɑːm-/


complement (to sth) a thing that adds new qualities to sth in a way that improves it or makes it more attractive


the complete number or quantity needed or allowed :

We've taken our full complement of trainees this year.


( grammar ) a word or phrase, especially an adjective or a noun, that is used after linking verbs such as be and become , and describes the subject of the verb. In some descriptions of grammar it is used to refer to any word or phrase which is governed by a verb and usually comes after the verb in a sentence :

In the sentences 'I'm angry' and 'He became a politician', 'angry' and 'politician' are complements.



late Middle English (in the sense completion ): from Latin complementum , from complere fill up, from com- (expressing intensive force) + plere fill. Compare with compliment .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.