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noun [countable] complement pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒmplɪmənt/
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  1. 1
    something that is added to something else
    complement to:

    Her youthful energy will be a welcome complement to the strength and experience of the team.

  2. 2
    something that combines well with something else
    complement to:

    Our sauces are the perfect complement to any meal.

  3. 3
    the number of people or things that something has
    full complement (=the largest number possible or necessary):

    We already have our full complement of workers.

    complement of:

    the government department with the largest complement of civil servants

  4. 4
    linguistics a word or phrase after a verb, especially the verb ‘to be’, that tells you about the subject. For example, in ‘He was cold’, ‘he’ is the subject, ‘was’ is the verb, and ‘cold’ is the complement. In ‘He was a nice man’, the complement is ‘a nice man’.
  5. 5
    maths an angle that is added to another angle to form an angle of 90 degrees

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