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compliment

noun [C]  /ˈkɑm·plə·mənt/ us  
a remark or action that expresses approval, admiration, or respect: She paid him a high compliment by saying she read all his books. He was surprised by her remark, but decided to take it as a compliment.
(Definition of compliment noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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