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English definition of “compliment”

compliment

noun     /ˈkɒm.plɪ.mənt/ US  /ˈkɑːm-/
C2 [C] a remark that expresses approval, admiration, or respect: She complained that her husband never paid her any compliments any more. I take it as a compliment (= I am pleased) when people say I look like my mother. Are you fishing for (= trying to get) compliments? Note: Do not confuse with complement.Remarks and remarkingExpressing and asking opinionsPraising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down C2 [S] an action that expresses approval or respect: You should take it as a compliment when I fall asleep in your company - it means I'm relaxed. Thank you so much for your help - I hope one day I'll be able to return/repay the compliment (= do something good for you).Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down my compliments... formal an expression of your admiration or respect: That was an excellent meal! My compliments to the chef.InterjectionsSounds used as interjections with your compliments C2 formal If you give something to someone with your compliments, you give it to that person free: We enclose a copy of our latest brochure, with our compliments.Costing or worth little or no money
(Definition of compliment noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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