A compliment is an expression of respect or admiration, like, "You're such a good writer," or "You know so many words!" Keep them coming.

Compliments are always welcome, because they usually make people feel good. It’s saying something nice about someone or something. If you get mysterious flowers, look at the card – perhaps it will say “compliments of your upstairs neighbors,” as an apology for playing their music too loud all night. Or if you say, “my compliments to the chef!” you really liked your meal.

Definitions of compliment
  1. noun
    a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
    synonyms: accolade
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    a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me
    excessive or insincere praise
    fulsomeness, smarm, unction
    excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
    servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
    blandishment, cajolery, palaver
    flattery intended to persuade
    blarney, coaxing, soft soap, sweet talk
    flattery designed to gain favor
    a flattering commendation (especially when used for promotional purposes)
    type of:
    congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise
    an expression of approval and commendation
  2. verb
    express respect or esteem for
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    send greetings to
  3. verb
    say something to someone that expresses praise
    “He complimented her on her last physics paper”
    synonyms: congratulate
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    type of:
    express approval of
Commonly confused words

complement / compliment

Both are awesome on a first date — complement means to complete something, and a compliment is flattering. If you feel you and your new friend complement each other, maybe it’s because he’s been giving you so many compliments like when he says you look like a supermodel.

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