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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: complementum, from complere; COMPLETE1

complement

1 noun
     
Related topics: Grammar
com‧ple‧ment1 [countable]
1 someone or something that emphasizes the good qualities of another person or thing
complement to
This wine would be a nice complement to grilled dishes.
2 the number or quantity needed to make a group complete
complement of
Each new cell will carry its full complement of chromosomes.
3SLG technical a word or phrase that follows a verb and describes the subject of the verb. In 'John is cold' and 'John became chairman', 'cold' and 'chairman' are complements.

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