Definition of comp in English:



  • 1Short for.

    1. 1.1British A competition.
      • ‘There were two different divisions for the comp, allowing all skaters to compete for either gold or glory, or even just a laugh.’
      • ‘I would've been skating it for 3 weeks if I was in the comp.’
      • ‘Nope, I guess it is because I don't compete in comps.’
      • ‘The weekend will also play host to the spectacular surf-jumping Thundercats, street parades, skateboarding comps, live bands, markets and other cultural events.’
      • ‘The innermost is Manu Bay where many of the big-name international surf comps in NZ are held.’
      • ‘Suddenly we have a comp with possibly 200 + pilots, more sponsorship and a better chance at TV coverage.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Janelle tells Susan about the new car she's thinking of buying to drive Bree to the spelling comp.’
      • ‘The beauty of class comps is that you get to be in front of a group of people and get maximum exposure in a short period of time.’
      • ‘Which means you have to learn to skate nicely with Brian for the other comps.’
      • ‘I thought you had a skating comp in a few weeks.’
      • ‘It's a massive comp in Australia and what player wouldn't like to go out there and test themselves?’
      • ‘Fifty three competitors started the comp in tropical conditions.’
      • ‘Look, I have nothing but respect for the guy and I am looking forward to the challenge of going up against his team, although we will really need to lift ourselves to take on the best team in the comp.’
      • ‘We're going to try to run smaller comps so it's easier for people to play tennis.’
    2. 1.2British A comprehensive school.
      • ‘John, who is 18, has just taken A-levels at a comp round the corner from where I grew up.’
      • ‘Surely Oxford should trawl those bog-standard comps for bright pupils.’
      • ‘He went to the local comp followed by the polytechnic.’
    3. 1.3A computer.
      ‘I have Windows XP installed on my comp’
      • ‘If the government were installing stuff like that on our workplace comps, there would be blood running in the streets.’
      • ‘Hook everything up, first problem, the comps couldn't see each other.’
      • ‘So I got ready to reboot the system, when I saw a note sticked to the power-button of the comp.’
      • ‘First, you need to monitor your comp's processes.’
      • ‘I was unable to figure out how to configure her comp on my home network.’
      • ‘Here's a list of my parts in my comp.’
      • ‘I bought this comp from my neighbor, and it had this dsl modem with it.’
      • ‘Towards the end of the class, I needed a file from the teacher's comp, and took a disk to his office to get it.’
      • ‘He takes the CPU MB and Vid card and ram from home and puts it in his work comp.’
      • ‘Good luck keeping your comp clean!’
      • ‘Anyone who would run a server on someone else's comp without their knowledge is scum.’
      • ‘After I was done I told mom, and showed her that my comp was faster now.’
      • ‘This happens whether he's playing online, or against the comp.’
      • ‘Would you like to bring your comp in or have a service call?’
      • ‘I have Windows XP Home SP1 installed on my comp, and want to install Windows 98 on a separate partition to play my older games.’
      • ‘I should have just given up and let her strut off with her comp in tow but I couldn't help myself…’
      • ‘I am not sure but I think my comp has switched to using only one processor.’
      • ‘Needless to say, I didn't have to go down to her classroom, and she told me later in the morning that the comp was working fine.’
    4. 1.4North American A complimentary ticket or voucher.
      • ‘A patron may receive complimentaries, or comps, such as a free night's hotel stay or tickets to a show, based on the kind of player he or she is rated to be.’
      • ‘A third friend, having just snared comps to Fiddler, caterwauled into her cell phone, ‘Aren't you just dying to see it again?’’
    5. 1.5North American [mass noun]Compensation.
      • ‘And make sure that your contractor has worker's comp to cover his or her employees.’
      • ‘But even if the new gang gets nowhere on workers' comp, there are several other important and more easily achievable steps they could take.’
      • ‘Not only that, I got some days off on workman's comp.’
      • ‘‘You hear about small businesses actually going out of business over workers' comp,’ she says.’
      • ‘But for many employees, worker's comp is their only insurance; thus, there's incentive for workers to blame injuries on the workplace to get treatment.’
      • ‘Direct losses include claims under property coverage, workers' comp, life and accident, business interruption, general liability and more.’
      • ‘Generally, businesses make up-front payments to cover workers' comp for the year.’
      • ‘Anyone just hurt by this type of thing is, of course, not covered in any way by something like workman's comp, and the company won't accept responsibility for anything before you punch that clock.’
      • ‘The questions cover hourly pay and straight salary, and benefits ranging from overtime, health insurance, and paid vacations to Social Security taxes and workers' comp.’
      • ‘Inmates lose welfare and unemployment benefits while inside, but government compensation from other such other sources as workman's comp and SAAQ still makes it through.’
      • ‘He's moving his company to Las Vegas, where he'll save $1 million a year in health care, workers' comp, electricity, and other costs.’
      • ‘Recent efforts by business groups to ‘reform’ workers' comp have made it more difficult for injured employees to obtain payments.’
    6. 1.6British A compositor.
    7. 1.7A composition.
    8. 1.8A compilation.
      • ‘Often with comps you realize why the cuts never made it to the final LP.’
      • ‘But the elusive b-sides make this comp essential.’
      • ‘In just over twenty years, they've kicked out nearly forty albums (live records and comps put them near sixty), and not one of those releases has ever seen them set foot into a realm you could call commercial.’
      • ‘That concept had DJs and producers from all across the globe choose only one song for the comp, representing their country of origin.’
      • ‘Even more confusingly, they have a number of brilliant tracks hidden away on soundtracks, rarities comps, and fan club-only releases.’
      • ‘Some of the tunes on this comp will help the memories come alive.’
      • ‘That's the problem with a hits comp from a band known mostly for one album: you can only repeat so many songs from the catalog's biggest seller.’
      • ‘That facet of Canadian retro rock 'n' roll is certainly represented here, but this comp makes a point of showing how varied the punk-surf-rockabilly axis is this side of the border.’
    9. 1.9A musical accompaniment.


  • 1[no object] Play music as an accompaniment, especially in jazz or blues.

    [no object] ‘he comps with an open, jangly sound’
    [with object] ‘if someone is comping chord changes, there are more textured harmonies’
    • ‘We did vocals and guitars and saxes and weird noises during the day, and I'd go back to my hotel at night and comp vocals and make rough mixes.’
    • ‘Nelson's comping on the vibes creates a texture that is more ethereal than a pianist's and helps define Holland's compositional sound.’
    • ‘The teaching approach focuses on two areas: comping and soloing.’
    • ‘He mainly sticks to keyboards, and instead of adding blunt synth washes, he comps in subtle colors (as well as his patented deep-sea sonar pings).’
    • ‘‘The Jackroller’ alternates between this odd combination and a textbook funk section filled with slap bass and standard jazz guitar comping.’
    • ‘But even as ‘Reservations’ winds down, what might have been a three-minute song stretches out to seven minutes of quiet, solemn, funereal feedback and synth wash with a grand piano comping widely spaced minor chords.’
    • ‘Thus, a pianist can practice comping or soloing in the bebop style by turning down the keyboard channel and then playing along with the other instruments - a ‘music minus one’ concept.’
    • ‘When she was performing, she possessed a confidence that just oozed out of her and drew people in to whatever she happened to be doing, be it soloing, singing, or merely comping chords on the piano.’
  • 2North American [with object] Give (something) away free, especially as part of a promotion.

    ‘the management did graciously comp our wine selection’
    • ‘Trouble in paradise on our trip resulted in comped meals for much of the stay.’
    • ‘The fact they were comped for most everything made it even more enjoyable for them.’
    • ‘The wine they were served was excellent, and Ford, looking at the prices on the menu, was quite thankful their meals were being comped.’
    • ‘He told them all that he would get them free drinks from his cousin if they wanted, and they all jumped at the chance to be comped.’
    • ‘We've all heard the stories of comped dinners, no-cost suites, and special VIP rooms with no-limit tables.’
    • ‘The waitress comped our dessert as an apology for the bresaola which was a nice touch, but really, I think I would have happily paid through the nose for this stuff.’
    • ‘She hadn't remembered to comp our pizza as offered.’
    • ‘When they brought it back they apologized again and told us that they had comped the dessert wines too.’
    • ‘With the sauce, however, it was palatable, and I told the hostess that she didn't have to comp it.’
    • ‘My action was more than enough to warrant the casino to fully comp my stay, including shows, gourmet dinning rooms, amazing suites, and of course first class airfare reimbursement for two.’
    • ‘They can give you a free drink, comp you a meal, etc. without having to go to their manager.’
    • ‘Aficionados of business dinners will know that this wasn't actually spent on the meal (the befuddled restaurateur comped the food) but on the wine, most of which was older than they are.’
    • ‘Our first attempt to fix the problem only made matters worse, and in the end we wound up re-cooking the whole meal and comping it.’
    • ‘Of course, all returning players are comped for their loyalty in the rewards program where they earn 1 point for every $10 wagered.’
    • ‘Most desk employees have authority to offer food and beverage credits, and managers typically can comp a night's stay or more if the situation warrants a larger apology.’
    • ‘The high rollers get comped mile-long suites, and other, softer perks, because they bring the big money to the casino and leave a lot of it there.’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, people took kindly to being comped some sauce.’
    • ‘You want to comp something, comp the extra wine we've had to drink waiting for each other.’
    • ‘The bill certainly wasn't cheap even bearing in mind we were comping the Birthday girl, although amongst 15 that didn't amount to too much.’
    • ‘If the action is strong enough, not only can you get comped for everything; you may even receive reimbursement for your airfare.’
  • 3

    short for composite


North american
  • [attributive] Complimentary; free.

    ‘the average fan was unable to get comp press tickets’
    • ‘I felt momentarily obliged to offer him a cookie, if not a hug and a comp ticket for the clue train.’
    • ‘Along the way I turned into a con man: always poaching a good time for little or no money, getting free hard and soft goods, and comp lift tickets.’
    • ‘Think of an executive, in town for local meetings, who gets comp tickets to a baseball game from a client.’
    • ‘He did note that she had come close towards getting discounted or comp surgery when she was researching her book.’
    • ‘On comp tickets: I get four for each game, and my mom decide who gets them.’
    free, free of charge, gratis, for nothing
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