Commonly Confused Words: complement  / compliment

The words complement and compliment are sometimes confused because they look so similar. These words, however, have two distinctly different meanings.


Complement may be a verb or a noun.

As a verb, complement means to complete, to bring to perfection,  to go well with.




As a noun, complement refers to the thing which gives completion or perfection.




Compliment may be a verb or a noun.

As a verb, compliment means to offer praise or flattery.


As a noun, compliment refers to the praise or flattery offered.



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