Definition of comp in English:



  • 1Short for.

    1. 1.1A composition.
    2. 1.2North 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?’’
      voucher, token, ticket, document, certificate, carnet
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    3. 1.3North American Compensation.
      • ‘Recent efforts by business groups to ‘reform’ workers' comp have made it more difficult for injured employees to obtain payments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Direct losses include claims under property coverage, workers' comp, life and accident, business interruption, general liability and more.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And make sure that your contractor has worker's comp to cover his or her employees.’
      recompense, repayment, payment, reimbursement, remuneration, requital, indemnification, indemnity, redress, satisfaction
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    4. 1.4Compensatory time.
      • ‘By design, comp time is intended to reduce employee pay as a trade-off for shorter hours.’
      • ‘Worse still, the proposed bills allow employers to veto an employee's use of accumulated comp time credits if they feel it would somehow interfere with business operations.’
      • ‘It is generally illegal to give employees straight comp time -- one hour off for every extra hour worked -- rather than overtime pay.’
      • ‘I'll have to come back to this one later as my comp time is limited right now, but feel free to have your say.’
      • ‘But the law might do more, granting workers the right to paid child-care leave, flex time, and comp time, and even part-time work at proportional full-time wages.’
      • ‘Private employers (as contrasted with state and local governments) may not give comp time off in lieu of overtime.’
      • ‘It's still too early to sort out the workplace implications of a second term, but it looks as if health care savings accounts and comp time are in.’
    5. 1.5A musical accompaniment.
      backing, support, background, soundtrack, comp
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    6. 1.6A comprehensive examination.


[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1Play (music) as an accompaniment, especially in jazz or blues.

    [with object] ‘if someone is comping chord changes, there are more textured harmonies’
    [no object] ‘he comps with an open, jangly sound’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nelson's comping on the vibes creates a texture that is more ethereal than a pianist's and helps define Holland's compositional sound.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2North American Give (something) away free, especially as part of a promotion.

    ‘the management did graciously comp our wine selection’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the sauce, however, it was palatable, and I told the hostess that she didn't have to comp it.’
    • ‘She hadn't remembered to comp our pizza as offered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they brought it back they apologized again and told us that they had comped the dessert wines too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wine they were served was excellent, and Ford, looking at the prices on the menu, was quite thankful their meals were being comped.’
    • ‘We've all heard the stories of comped dinners, no-cost suites, and special VIP rooms with no-limit tables.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, people took kindly to being comped some sauce.’
    • ‘Of course, all returning players are comped for their loyalty in the rewards program where they earn 1 point for every $10 wagered.’
    • ‘Trouble in paradise on our trip resulted in comped meals for much of the stay.’
    • ‘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 fact they were comped for most everything made it even more enjoyable for them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You want to comp something, comp the extra wine we've had to drink waiting for each other.’
  • 3

    short for composite


North American
  • 1Complimentary; free.

    ‘the average fan was unable to get comp press tickets’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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  • 2

    short for compensatory