AskDefine | Define compliment

Dictionary Definition

compliment n : a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration


1 say something to someone that expresses praise; "He complimented her on her last physics paper" [syn: congratulate]
2 express respect or esteem for

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. An expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement.


An expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement


  1. To pay a compliment; to express a favorable opinion.


to pay a compliment; to express a favorable opinion

Extensive Definition

distinguish Complement Compliment may be
  • An expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement.
  • The correct respectful actions paid to a superior, such as saluting an officer in the armed forces.
  • "Compliments", a song by Bloc Party from their 2005 album Silent Alarm

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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