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English definition of “complimentary”


adjective    /ˌkɑm·pləˈmen·tə·ri, -tri/
expressing approval, admiration, or respect with a remark or action: Everybody was complimentary about the hotel service. If something is complimentary, it is given to you without charge: As theater employees, we get complimentary tickets.
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