[n. kom-pluh-muhnt; v. kom-pluh-ment]
an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A sincere compliment boosts one's morale.
a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard: The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him.
compliments, a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards: He sends you his compliments.
Archaic. a gift; present.
verb (used with object)
to pay a compliment to: She complimented the child on his good behavior.
to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor: He complimented us by giving a party in our honor.
to congratulate; felicitate: to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.
verb (used without object)
to pay compliments.

1570–80; < French < Italian complimento < Spanish cumplimiento, equivalent to cumpli- (see comply) + -miento -ment; earlier identical in spelling with complement

complimentable, adjective
complimenter, noun
complimentingly, adverb
outcompliment, verb (used with object)
uncomplimented, adjective
uncomplimenting, adjective

complement, compliment (see usage note at complement).

1. kudos, tribute, eulogy, panegyric. 5. commend, praise, honor.

1. disparagement.

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1.  a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
2.  (usually plural) a greeting of respect or regard
3.  to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
4.  to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift

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Word Origin & History

1570s, via Fr., from It. complimento "expression of respect and civility," from V.L. *complire, for L. complere "to complete," via notion of "complete the obligations of politeness." Same word as complement but by a different etymological route; differentiated by spelling after 1650.
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Example sentences
He frequently chatted up the graduate professors, and complimented them
  whenever possible.
Airline personnel have complimented them for their behavior.
It was going to be a fluff piece that complimented her, actually.
When people complimented her on her weight loss, she didn't tell them she
  couldn't afford groceries.
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