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Meaning of “complimentary” in the English Dictionary

"complimentary" in British English

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complimentaryadjective

uk   /ˌkɒm.plɪˈmen.tər.i/  us   /ˌkɑːm.plɪˈmen.t̬ɚ-/
  • complimentary adjective (PRAISING)

praising or ​expressingadmiration for someone: The ​reviews of his ​latestfilm have been ​highly complimentary. She wasn't very complimentary aboutyourperformance, was she? Our ​guests said some very complimentary things about the ​meal I'd ​cooked.
  • complimentary adjective (FREE)

C2 If ​tickets, ​books, etc. are complimentary, they are given ​free, ​especially by a ​business.
(Definition of complimentary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"complimentary" in American English

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complimentaryadjective

 us   /ˌkɑm·pləˈmen·tə·ri, -tri/
expressingapproval, ​admiration, or ​respect with a ​remark or ​action: Everybody was complimentary about the ​hotelservice. If something is complimentary, it is given to you without ​charge: As ​theater employees, we get complimentary ​tickets.
(Definition of complimentary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"complimentary" in Business English

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complimentaryadjective

uk   us   /ˌkɒmplɪˈmentəri/
saying good things about someone or something: highly/very complimentary The ​reviews of her latest ​book are ​highly complimentary. He was less than complimentary about the ​progress that many of the ​companies he has ​surveyed are making.
if ​tickets, ​products, ​services, etc. are complimentary, they are given ​free: Parking is usually complimentary or ​included in the ​ticketprice.
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(Definition of complimentary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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