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Definition of Complement


  1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete.
  2. That which is required to supply a deficiency, or to complete a symmetrical whole.
  3. Full quantity, number, or amount; a complete set; completeness.
  4. A second quantity added to a given quantity to make it equal to a third given quantity.
  5. Something added for ornamentation; an accessory.
  6. The whole working force of a vessel.
  7. The interval wanting to complete the octave; -- the fourth is the complement of the fifth, the sixth of the third.
  8. A compliment.
  9. To supply a lack; to supplement.
  10. To compliment.

Complement Quotations

Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.
Horace Mann

Men and women have strengths that complement each other.
Edwin Louis Cole

Alpha men are very turned on by the alpha woman, really high chemistry, really fun to work with, probably really fun to have affairs with, but there's not sustainable harmony in that lack of complement. There can only be one person in the driver's seat.
Alanis Morissette

Don't dunk your nigiri in the soy sauce. Don't mix your wasabi in the soy sauce. If the rice is good, complement your sushi chef on the rice.
Anthony Bourdain

There may be as much nobility in being last as in being first, because the two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
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Complement Translations

complement in French is appoint
complement in Italian is completamento
complement in Spanish is complemento
complement in Swedish is fyllnad

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