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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.


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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