Because “complement” and “compliment” are homophones (words that sound alike), they are often confused. Let’s look at both these words so we can tell them apart.
- Complement vs. Compliment: the difference
A noun: A word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality.
Is a verb: A word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience.
- Complement vs. Compliment: the definitions
- To make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it
- A remark that expresses approval, admiration, or respect.
- An expression of your admiration or respect.
- If you give something to someone with your compliments, you give it to that person for free.
- Complement vs. Compliment: the synonyms
Could also mean (synonyms): Add, supplement, balance, complete, accompaniment, enhance, improve, boost.
Synonyms include: Praise, tribute, approval, flatter, approve, admire.
- Complement vs. Compliment: in a sentence
- Wine and cheese complement each other well.
- Her choice of wall colour complements her floors.
- She co-hosts the morning show with Luke and they complement each other perfectly.
- I hope to find a dress that complements my eye colour.
- There will be a written test to complement the spoken test.
- Shower her with compliments if you want things to work in your favour.
- I take your interest in my work as a compliment.
- She gave me a copy of her latest book, with compliments.
- My compliments to your mum, she has done an outstanding job raising you.
- I have always wondered why I struggle to give compliments.
Reference: Cambridge Dictionary