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verb [transitive] complement pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒmplɪment/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycomplement
he/she/itcomplements
present participlecomplementing
past tensecomplemented
past participlecomplemented

Related meanings

  1. 1
    to combine well with something, often something that has different qualities

    The plants are chosen to complement each other.

    a simple sweater that was perfectly complemented by elegant jewellery

  2. 2
    to add another thing to something

    This project is intended to complement, not replace, local authority programmes.

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