A complement is something that makes up a satisfying whole with something else. Those shiny red shoes you just bought complement your shiny red purse.
Homonym: compliment (a remark expressing praise and admiration)
Origin: Complement comes from the Latin complementum, "something that fills up or completes." Complement keeps both the e and the meaning. It's also a verb; if you and your partner complement each other, you make a perfect pair. Something that complements completes or adds a little something.
- Strawberries and cream complement each other perfectly.
- The book is a mixture of long pieces and shorter lyrics that complement and build on one another, creating worlds within worlds.
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