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compliment /'kɔmplimənt/
  • danh từ
    • lời khen, lời ca tụng
      • to pay (make) a compliment to somebody: khen ngợi ai; ca tụng ai
    • (số nhiều) lời thăm hỏi, lời chúc mừng
      • give him my compliments: xin cho tôi gửi lời thăm hỏi ông ta
      • with Mr. X's compliments: với lời thăm hỏi của ông X, với lòi chào của ông X (công thức viết trên tài liệu gửi cho, trên quà tặng...)
    • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) quà tặng, quà biếu, tiền thưởng
    • to angle (fish) for compliments
      • câu lời khen
    • compliments of the season
      • lời chúc lễ Nô-en, lời chúc mừng năm mới...
    • to return the compliments
      • đáp lại lời thăm hỏi; đáp lại lời chúc tụng
    • tặng quà lại
    • ngoại động từ
      • khen ngợi, ca ngợi, ca tụng
        • to compliment somebody on something: khen ngợi ai về cái gì
      • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) tặng biếu
        • to compliment somebody with something: biếu ai cái gì
    Concise Dictionary
    +a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
    +say something to someone that expresses praise
    +express respect or esteem for

    Thesaurus Dictionary
    1 praise, homage, commendation, honour, tribute, flattery, bouquet, favour:
    The greatest compliment given to my work has been its success.
    2 Usually, compliments. respects, regards, good or best wishes, felicitations, salutations, greetings:
    I stopped by to pay my compliments to your mother.
    3 honour, praise, pay homage or tribute to, commend, laud, congratulate, felicitate; flatter:
    She came backstage to compliment me on my performance.
    Advanced English Dictionary
    noun, verb
    + noun
    1 [C] a remark that expresses praise or admiration of sb: to pay sb a compliment (= to praise them for sth) + 'You understand the problem because you're so much older.' 'I'll take that as a compliment!' + It's a great compliment to be asked to do the job. + to return the compliment (= to treat sb in the same way as they have treated you)
    2 (compliments) [pl.] (formal) greetings, especially when used to express praise and admiration: My compliments to the chef! + (BrE) Compliments of the season! (= for Christmas or the New Year) + Please accept these flowers with the compliments of (= as a gift from) the manager.
    Idioms see BACKHANDED
    + verb [VN] ~ sb (on sth) to tell sb that you like or admire sth they have done, their appearance, etc: She complimented him on his excellent German.

    compliment / complement
    These words have similar spellings but completely different meanings. If you compliment someone, you say something very nice to them: She complimented me on my English. If one thing complements another, the two things work or look better because they are together:
    The different flavours complement each other perfectly.

    The adjectives are also often confused. Complimentary: She made some very complimentary remarks about my English. It can also mean 'free':
    There was a complimentary basket of fruit in our room. Complementary:
    The team members have different but complementary skills.
    Collocation Dictionary

    1 expression of praise


    great, higher/highest, tremendous
    To listen to someone is the greatest compliment you can pay.
    | pretty | unexpected | backhanded, double-edged, dubious
    In a backhanded compliment she said he looked very good for his age.


    pay sb | mean sth as
    Please don't misunderstand me?I meant it as a compliment.
    | get, receive | accept, acknowledge
    She acknowledged their compliments with a big smile.
    | regard sth as, take sth as
    I'll take that as a compliment.
    | fish for
    She's always fishing for compliments about her looks.
    | repay, return
    He returned her compliment by saying how well she looked.


    ~ on
    She received several compliments on her speech.
    | ~ to
    If Mark's wearing a suit, that'll be a compliment to you!

    2 your compliments: good wishes


    give sb, present (sb with), send sb
    Please give my compliments to your wife.


    The only enclosure was a formal compliments slip from the accounts department.


    with sb's ~
    (= free)All guests will receive a bottle of champagne with our compliments.
    | ~ to
    my compliments to the chef (= to show that you like a particular dish)

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