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A fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner.
  add to something to make it better or complete

or more rarely:

a quantity of something that is considered complete
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complement complementary complements complemented complementing complemental
Strongly Associated with:   complementary
Don’t confuse this spelling with compliment (praise).
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  • A fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner.
  • A full complement of workers
  • His faults are accepted as the necessary complement to his merits.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • He even brought me a gift—a heathery violet turtleneck sweater to wear—and I notice it complements both the blanket and Desi’s deep green sweater.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • She’d considered buying a few more to complement them, but her monthly budget prevented it, at least for the time being.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • They complemented each other by contrast.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It’s known around camp that they’re scheduled to be here soon, and I’ve received messages for the quartermaster that the supply transport and complement will likely arrive by tomorrow."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Your elders complemented each other that way, your grandfather the carefree one, your grandmother working behind the scenes so that everything went off as planned.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Her look became shallow, as if she were more interested in how his jacket might complement her dress.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "The reason why I think this strategy is important is because deploying the six thousand troops to complement the work of the Border Patrol will get immediate results," Bush said.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Everything Six eats is only eaten to complement her main course of Nutella.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I was seated at the table, watching Sofia as she made her way around the kitchen in a light yellow dress that perfectly complemented her figure.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Far above them, the pilot counted eight battleships, the Pacific Fleet’s full complement.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • My cowardice is of such a passion, complementing the revolutionary spirit that lives in its shadow, I was forced to design this.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • The place is furnished to capacity with identical square tables, each with its complement of four chairs.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It was a simple one-holer, complemented by the inevitable Sears, Roebuck catalog.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • It was the first time it had ever been so complemented, and Madame Defarge knew enough of its antecedents to know better.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But the ship, having her full complement of seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his father’s influence could prevail.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Behind the shell-pink lips was a full complement of snowy milk teeth.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Combeferre complemented and rectified Enjolras.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was true that there were some committed players on the Under 15 Fugees, but if she kicked off the troublemakers she would be left with just eight or nine players, short of the full complement of eleven.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • One short of a full complement.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • She had long, dark hair cut Cleopatra-style and a white gossamer dress that complemented her graceful figure.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • He was starting to fuse science and religion . showing that they complement each other in most unanticipated ways.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • There was a full complement of passengers on board, among them English, many Americans, a large number of coolies on their way to California, and several East Indian officers, who were spending their vacation in making the tour of the world.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He was sure he wanted never to let go of her hand; their fingers seemed to fit together in just the right way—effortlessly clasped, like perfect complements.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • If Homer’s incidental purpose in The Odyssey was to complete and complement The Iliad, XXIV in effect completes both poems at once.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It neither fits your character nor complements mine.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The frigate’s interior accommodations complemented its nautical virtues.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Each unique building enhanced and complemented its surroundings, blending seamlessly with the rest of the forest until it was impossible to tell where artifice ended and nature resumed.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • There were a thousand ingots of gold, each weighing from two to three pounds; then he piled up twenty-five thousand crowns, each worth about eighty francs of our money, and bearing the effigies of Alexander VI. and his predecessors; and he saw that the complement was not half empty.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Outdoors was the end of something, an irrevocable, physical fact, defining and complementing our metaphysical condition.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • There’s a full complement of night courses for me, and the forests are very conveniently located for the avid hiker.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She was dressed in a glimmering silver sheath, a perfect complement to her blonde hair, which was up.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • "A full complement, as it says in the Imperial inventory audited by the Judge of the Change, my Lord," Hawat said.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • There were fifteen of us in Hall’s group: three guides, a full complement of eight clients, and Sherpas Ang Dorje, Lhakpa Chhiri, Ngawang Norbu, and Kami.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The next morning the tannery had its full complement again, most of them workers who had gone back, the remainder men who were only too glad to obtain employment.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • In some ways, this class-the senior year’s complement to junior year’s SAT-PREP-is the crudest offered at Ballou.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Columbia, he said, should run a full complement of the advertising created by his firm in the local editions of TV Guide and Parade magazine in twenty-six media markets around the United States.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Casterbridge was the complement of the rural life around, not its urban opposite.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • For, sir, It is as sure as you are Roderigo, Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago: In following him, I follow but myself; Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, But seeming so for my peculiar end: For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart In complement extern, ’tis not long after But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • In the tractability with which, at my wish, you forsook a study in which you were interested, and adopted another because it interested me; in the untiring assiduity with which you have since persevered in it — in the unflagging energy and unshaken temper with which you have met its difficulties — I acknowledge the complement of the qualities I seek.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Who’s on there?" asked the second officer, referring, of course, to its complement of policemen.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Courtesy of the CAI, both Jahan and Tahira were taking a full complement of classes at the private Girls’ Model High School, including English grammar, formal Urdu, Arabic, physics, economics, and history.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Instead, he wrote an extensive meditation on life based on his ideas about, and experience of, relations between men and women, which at one time he had intended to write as a complement to the Lovers’ Companion.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • In Marcela, Howard found his perfect complement.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I have a little 6-by-18-inch lathe with a milling attachment and a full complement of welding equipment: arc, heli-arc, gas and mini-gas for this kind of work.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I wasn’t a fighter and wasn’t planning on becoming one, so maybe our strengths complemented each other.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • It had kept its boughs unshattered, and its full complement of leaves; and the whole in perfect verdure, except a single branch, that, by the earlier change with which the elm-tree sometimes prophesies the autumn, had been transmuted to bright gold.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Mr. George salutes the gentleman but otherwise sits bolt upright and profoundly silent—very forward in his chair, as if the full complement of regulation appendages for a field-day hung about him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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Associated words [difficulty]:   complement [3] , complementary [7] , complimentary [6] , complimentary [6] , complementary [7]
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