Meaning of “compliment” in the English Dictionary

"compliment" in British English

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uk /ˈkɒm.plɪ.mənt/ us /ˈkɑːm.plə.mənt/

C2 [ C ] a remark that expresses approval, admiration, or respect:

He complained that his husband never paid him any compliments anymore.
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 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).
my compliments... formal

an expression of your admiration or respect:

That was an excellent meal! My compliments to the chef.
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.

complimentverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkɒm.plɪ.mənt/ us /ˈkɑːm.plə.mənt/

(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 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.

complimentverb [ T ]

us /ˈkɑm·pləˌment/

to express your approval, admiration, or respect to someone for that person's character, skill, etc.:

I complimented Robert on his great cooking.

(Definition of “compliment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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