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1  —as in:
a complimentary upgrade
Definition costing nothing
  • The plane was almost empty, so they gave me a complimentary upgrade to first class.
complimentary = costing nothing
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Unlike many countries, in the United States water is typically complimentary with a meal.
  • complimentary = free
  • For some reason Uhmma had enough money that year to get a small individual photo, unlike the other years when all we brought home was the complimentary class picture.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
complimentary = costing nothing

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2  —as in:
complimentary remarks
Definition expressing praise or admiration — as from a compliment
  • She appreciated his complimentary remarks.
complimentary = expressing praise or admiration — as from a compliment
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There were a series of complimentary toasts to the guest of honor.
  • complimentary = expressing praise or admiration — as from a compliment
  • The article was complimentary of the agency.
  • complimentary = expressing praise or admiration — as from a compliment
  • Among them was Winston Churchill, who wrote a book about it, and we still call one of the peaks Churchill's Picket even though he was not very complimentary about our people.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • complimentary = expressive of praise or admiration
  • With these attributes, however, he would not remain as inconspicuous as we wished him to: that year, the school buzzed with talk about him defending Tom Robinson, none of which was complimentary.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • complimentary = expressing praise or admiration
  • Sometimes at the flea market, Afghan acquaintances made remarks about Baba's weight loss. At first, they were complimentary. They even asked the secret to his diet. But the queries and compliments stopped when the weight loss didn't.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • complimentary = expressing praise or admiration
  • Mr. Rushworth was eager to assure her ladyship of his acquiescence, and tried to make out something complimentary; but, between his submission to her taste, and his having always intended the same himself, with the superadded objects of professing attention to the comfort of ladies in general, and of insinuating that there was one only whom he was anxious to please, he grew puzzled, and Edmund was glad to put an end to his speech by a proposal of wine.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • complimentary = expressing praise or admiration
  • I could tell he wanted to please me, but since he couldn't make a long complimentary speech, he said everything with his eyes.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • complimentary = expressing praise or admiration
  • She's complimentary about not just our costumes but how we conducted ourselves.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • complimentary = expresses praise or admiration
  • He could not but wonder at her refusing to do anything for a niece whom she had been so forward to adopt; but, as she took early care to make him, as well as Lady Bertram, understand that whatever she possessed was designed for their family, he soon grew reconciled to a distinction which, at the same time that it was advantageous and complimentary to them, would enable him better to provide for Fanny himself.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
complimentary = expressing praise or admiration

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Do not confuse the senses of complimentary with senses of complementary (which have to do with completing something).
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