WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- an expression of praise or admiration:He paid her a nice compliment on her dress.
- 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)]
- to pay a compliment to;
praise:He complimented the hostess on the dinner.
- an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration:A sincere compliment boosts one's morale.
- a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard:The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him.
- compliments, a courteous greeting;
regards:He sends you his compliments.
- [Archaic.]a gift;
- to pay a compliment to:She complimented the child on his good behavior.
- to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor:He complimented us by giving a party in our honor.
- to congratulate;
felicitate:to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.
- to pay compliments.
- Spanish cumplimiento, equivalent. to cumpli- (see comply) + -miento -ment; earlier identical in spelling, spelled with complement
- Italian complimento
- 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.