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English noun: complement

1. complement (communication) a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction


Broader (hypernym)construction, expression, grammatical construction

2. complement (quantity) a complete number or quantity


SamplesA full complement.


Broader (hypernym)count

3. complement (group) number needed to make up a whole force


SamplesA full complement of workers.


Synonymsfull complement


Broader (hypernym)hands, manpower, men, work force, workforce


Narrower (hyponym)company, ship's company

4. complement (attribute) something added to complete or embellish or make perfect


SamplesA fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner.
Wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish.


Synonymsaccompaniment


Broader (hypernym)adjunct

5. complement (substance) one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response


Broader (hypernym)enzyme


Part meronymimmune reaction, immune response, immunologic response

6. complement (cognition) either of two parts that mutually complete each other


Broader (hypernym)counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis


English verb: complement

1. complement (change) make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to


SamplesI need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize









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