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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
com•pli•ment /n. ˈkɑmpləmənt; v. ˈkɑmpləˌmɛnt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an expression of praise or admiration:He paid her a nice compliment on her dress.
  2. a formal act or gesture of respect or of high regard: The mayor paid her the compliment of a police escort.

v. [+ object (+ on + object)]
  1. to pay a compliment to;
    praise:He complimented the hostess on the dinner.
com•pli•ment•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
com•pli•ment  (n. komplə mənt;v. komplə ment′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration:A sincere compliment boosts one's morale.
  2. a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard:The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him.
  3. compliments, a courteous greeting;
    good wishes;
    regards:He sends you his compliments.
  4. [Archaic.]a gift;

  1. to pay a compliment to:She complimented the child on his good behavior.
  2. to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor:He complimented us by giving a party in our honor.
  3. to congratulate;
    felicitate:to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.

  1. to pay compliments.
compli•ment′a•ble, adj. 
compli•ment′er, n. 
compli•ment′ing•ly, adv. 
  • Spanish cumplimiento, equivalent. to cumpli- (see comply) + -miento -ment; earlier identical in spelling, spelled with complement
  • Italian complimento
  • French
  • 1570–80
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged kudos, tribute, eulogy, panegyric.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged commend, praise, honor.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disparagement.
    See  complement. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

compliment n /ˈkɒmplɪmənt/
  1. a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
  2. (usually plural) a greeting of respect or regard
vb /ˈkɒmplɪˌmɛnt/(transitive)
  1. to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
  2. to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Italian complimento, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir to complete, do what is fitting, be polite
See note at complement

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