Definition of comp in English:



  • 1British A competition.

    • ‘Nope, I guess it is because I don't compete in comps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Janelle tells Susan about the new car she's thinking of buying to drive Bree to the spelling comp.’
    • ‘There were two different divisions for the comp, allowing all skaters to compete for either gold or glory, or even just a laugh.’
    • ‘We're going to try to run smaller comps so it's easier for people to play tennis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The weekend will also play host to the spectacular surf-jumping Thundercats, street parades, skateboarding comps, live bands, markets and other cultural events.’
    • ‘Fifty three competitors started the comp in tropical conditions.’
    • ‘It's a massive comp in Australia and what player wouldn't like to go out there and test themselves?’
    • ‘I thought you had a skating comp in a few weeks.’
    • ‘Suddenly we have a comp with possibly 200 + pilots, more sponsorship and a better chance at TV coverage.’
    • ‘The innermost is Manu Bay where many of the big-name international surf comps in NZ are held.’
    • ‘Which means you have to learn to skate nicely with Brian for the other comps.’
    • ‘I would've been skating it for 3 weeks if I was in the comp.’
  • 2A compilation.

    • ‘Some of the tunes on this comp will help the memories come alive.’
    • ‘That concept had DJs and producers from all across the globe choose only one song for the comp, representing their country of origin.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘But the elusive b-sides make this comp essential.’
    • ‘Often with comps you realize why the cuts never made it to the final LP.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even more confusingly, they have a number of brilliant tracks hidden away on soundtracks, rarities comps, and fan club-only releases.’
  • 3British A comprehensive school.

    • ‘He went to the local comp followed by the polytechnic.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4A complimentary ticket or voucher.

    • ‘A third friend, having just snared comps to Fiddler, caterwauled into her cell phone, ‘Aren't you just dying to see it again?’’
    • ‘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.’
    voucher, token, ticket, document, certificate, carnet
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  • 5A computer.

    ‘I have Windows XP installed on my comp’
    • ‘Good luck keeping your comp clean!’
    • ‘Hook everything up, first problem, the comps couldn't see each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I bought this comp from my neighbor, and it had this dsl modem with it.’
    • ‘I should have just given up and let her strut off with her comp in tow but I couldn't help myself…’
    • ‘So I got ready to reboot the system, when I saw a note sticked to the power-button of the comp.’
    • ‘Would you like to bring your comp in or have a service call?’
    • ‘This happens whether he's playing online, or against the comp.’
    • ‘After I was done I told mom, and showed her that my comp was faster now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am not sure but I think my comp has switched to using only one processor.’
    • ‘He takes the CPU MB and Vid card and ram from home and puts it in his work comp.’
    • ‘Anyone who would run a server on someone else's comp without their knowledge is scum.’
    • ‘First, you need to monitor your comp's processes.’
    • ‘I was unable to figure out how to configure her comp on my home network.’
    • ‘If the government were installing stuff like that on our workplace comps, there would be blood running in the streets.’
    • ‘Here's a list of my parts in my comp.’
  • 6mass noun Compensation.

    • ‘But even if the new gang gets nowhere on workers' comp, there are several other important and more easily achievable steps they could take.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘You hear about small businesses actually going out of business over workers' comp,’ she says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only that, I got some days off on workman's comp.’
    • ‘Generally, businesses make up-front payments to cover workers' comp for the year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And make sure that your contractor has worker's comp to cover his or her employees.’
    • ‘Direct losses include claims under property coverage, workers' comp, life and accident, business interruption, general liability and more.’
    • ‘Recent efforts by business groups to ‘reform’ workers' comp have made it more difficult for injured employees to obtain payments.’
    recompense, repayment, payment, reimbursement, remuneration, requital, indemnification, indemnity, redress, satisfaction
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  • 7A composition.

  • 8A musical accompaniment.

    backing, support, background, soundtrack
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  • 9British A compositor.


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

    ‘he comps with an open, jangly sound’
    with object ‘if someone is comping chord changes, there are more textured harmonies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘The Jackroller’ alternates between this odd combination and a textbook funk section filled with slap bass and standard jazz guitar comping.’
    • ‘The teaching approach focuses on two areas: comping and soloing.’
    • ‘Nelson's comping on the vibes creates a texture that is more ethereal than a pianist's and helps define Holland's compositional sound.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the sauce, however, it was palatable, and I told the hostess that she didn't have to comp it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We've all heard the stories of comped dinners, no-cost suites, and special VIP rooms with no-limit tables.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the action is strong enough, not only can you get comped for everything; you may even receive reimbursement for your airfare.’
    • ‘They can give you a free drink, comp you a meal, etc. without having to go to their manager.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they brought it back they apologized again and told us that they had comped the dessert wines too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, people took kindly to being comped some sauce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You want to comp something, comp the extra wine we've had to drink waiting for each other.’
    • ‘She hadn't remembered to comp our pizza as offered.’
    • ‘Trouble in paradise on our trip resulted in comped meals for much of the stay.’
    • ‘Of course, all returning players are comped for their loyalty in the rewards program where they earn 1 point for every $10 wagered.’
  • 3

    short for composite


North American
  • attributive Complimentary; free.

    ‘the average fan was unable to get comp press tickets’
    • ‘Think of an executive, in town for local meetings, who gets comp tickets to a baseball game from a client.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I felt momentarily obliged to offer him a cookie, if not a hug and a comp ticket for the clue train.’
    • ‘On comp tickets: I get four for each game, and my mom decide who gets them.’
    • ‘He did note that she had come close towards getting discounted or comp surgery when she was researching her book.’
    free, free of charge, gratis, for nothing
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