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"compliment" in British English

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complimentnoun

uk   /ˈkɒm.plɪ.mənt/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/
C2 [C] a ​remark that ​expressesapproval, ​admiration, or ​respect: He ​complained that his ​husband never paid him 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.C2 [S] an ​action that ​expressesapproval or ​respect: You should take it as a compliment when I ​fallasleep in ​yourcompany - it ​means I'm ​relaxed. Thank you so much for ​yourhelp - I ​hope one ​day I'll be ​able to return/​repay the compliment (= do something good for you).my compliments... formal an ​expression of ​youradmiration or ​respect: That was an ​excellentmeal! My compliments to the ​chef.with your compliments C2 formal If you give something to someone with ​your compliments, you give it to that ​personfree: We ​enclose a ​copy of ​ourlatestbrochure, with ​our compliments.

complimentverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɒm.plɪ.mənt/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/
(Definition of compliment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compliment" in American English

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complimentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑm·plə·mənt/
a ​remark or ​action that ​expressesapproval, ​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.

complimentverb [T]

 us   /ˈkɑm·pləˌment/
to ​expressyourapproval, ​admiration, or ​respect to someone for that person's ​character, ​skill, etc.: I complimented Robert on his ​greatcooking.
compliment
(Definition of compliment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “compliment”
in Korean 칭찬…
in Arabic مُجامَلة, إطراء…
in Malaysian puji…
in French compliment…
in Russian комплимент…
in Chinese (Traditional) 恭維(話), 讚揚(話), 奉承(話)…
in Italian complimento…
in Turkish iltifat, övgü, kur…
in Polish komplement…
in Spanish cumplido, halago…
in Vietnamese sự tán dương…
in Portuguese elogio…
in Thai คำชมเชย…
in German das Kompliment…
in Catalan compliment…
in Japanese ほめ言葉, 賞賛…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恭维(话), 赞扬(话), 奉承(话)…
in Indonesian pujian…
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