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2 [komp] Informal.
a ticket, book, service, etc., provided free of charge to specially chosen recipients.
complimentary; free of charge: I received a comp copy of her book.
verb (used with object)
to provide with a comp: Some casinos comped the biggest spenders, providing rooms and meals on the house.
to provide free of charge: His meals and drinks at the hotel were often comped.

1885–90; by shortening of complimentary


3 [komp]
verb (used without object) Jazz.
to accompany a soloist with a succession of irregularly spaced chords that punctuate the rhythm.

1945–50, Americanism; shortening of accompany


4 [komp]
noun Often, comps, Informal.
comprehensive ( def 4 ).

by shortening


5 [komp]
noun Informal.
compensation: workers' comp; unemployment comp.

by shortening

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comp (kɒmp)
1.  a compositor
2.  an accompanist
3.  an accompaniment
4.  a competition
5.  (intr) to work as a compositor in the printing industry
6.  to play an accompaniment (to)

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Word Origin & History

"complimentary ticket," 1885, short for complimentary. Meaning "nonpaying guest" is attested by 1930s; generalized to "anything given free" by 1960s. As a verb, by 1980s. As a shortening of compensation (esp. workman's) it was in use by 1970s.
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Slang Dictionary

comp definition

  1. tv.
    to accompany someone [musically]. : I have to sing a solo at a wedding and need someone to comp me.
  2. tv.
    to give something to someone free. (Either as compensation for difficulties endured or as a complimentary gift.) : The movie patron was angry and demanded his money back. The manager comped him with a few free passes and he was happy.
  3. n.
    a complimentary gift. : I expect comps when I spend a lot of money in a casino.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. complimentary

  2. composition (academic course)

  1. comparative

  2. compensation

  3. compiled

  4. complete

  5. composer

  6. compound

  7. comprehensive

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Example sentences
The asphalt comp roofs are too hot to touch in the sun, but the ones under the
  array are quite cool.
My first-year comp students had portfolios due yesterday.
Those of us who teach developmental writing also teach a freshman comp and/or a
  lit survey course during the semester.
Most students don't think about argumentation after they get their required
  freshman comp course out of the way.
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