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Definition add to something to make it better or complete

or more rarely:

a quantity of something that is considered complete

A comprehensive dictionary will have more specialized definitions of complement.

Do not confuse compliment (to say something nice about someone) with this word.
  • The coach is not looking for the best players. She's looking for players who will best complement each other.
complement = make better
  • A fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner.
  • complement = something that makes something else better
  • A full complement of workers
  • His faults are accepted as the necessary complement to his merits.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • 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
  • complementing = adding to something to make it better or more balanced
  • Instead of your usual complement of one lump, you have put in six.
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • But the ship, having her full complement of seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his father's influence could prevail.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • Is there a full complement?
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • As irony will have it, this number has its nearly exact complement in American lives lost over that same period.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • When Buck Commander finally got off the ground, we were able to build a great spin-off business that complemented Duck Commander.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • We had become good friends afterwards at Hopkins, possibly because we complemented each other so well.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • 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
  • "Who's on there?" asked the second officer, referring, of course, to its complement of policemen.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • 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
  • Some of the bodies carried complements of crows, who rose into the air complaining noisily when the swan ship disturbed their grotesquely swollen rafts.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • But your talents and mine complement each other.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • So like the famous painting, Patrick makes the journey escorted by a full complement of Massachusetts police.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The treeship Yggdrasill with its crew and complement of clones and semisentient erg drivers was dead.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She was dressed in a glimmering silver sheath, a perfect complement to her blonde hair, which was up.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • And because it dealt so palpably with him and her, there was nothing simpler than to complement words with touch.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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