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2A complimentary ticket or voucher.voucher, token, ticket, document, certificate, carnetView synonyms
3Compensation.recompense, repayment, payment, reimbursement, remuneration, requital, indemnification, indemnity, redress, satisfactionView synonyms
- 3.1 Compensatory time.
- 3.1 Compensatory time.
5A musical accompaniment.backing, support, background, soundtrackView synonyms
6A comprehensive examination.
1Play music as an accompaniment, especially in jazz or blues.no object ‘he comps with an open, jangly sound’‘if someone is comping chord changes, there are more textured harmonies’
- ‘Nelson's comping on the vibes creates a texture that is more ethereal than a pianist's and helps define Holland's compositional sound.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The teaching approach focuses on two areas: comping and soloing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘The Jackroller’ alternates between this odd combination and a textbook funk section filled with slap bass and standard jazz guitar comping.’
- ‘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.’
2North American Give (something) away free, especially as part of a promotion.‘the management did graciously comp our wine selection’
- ‘Whatever the reason, people took kindly to being comped some sauce.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Of course, all returning players are comped for their loyalty in the rewards program where they earn 1 point for every $10 wagered.’
- ‘With the sauce, however, it was palatable, and I told the hostess that she didn't have to comp it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If the action is strong enough, not only can you get comped for everything; you may even receive reimbursement for your airfare.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She hadn't remembered to comp our pizza as offered.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 wine they were served was excellent, and Ford, looking at the prices on the menu, was quite thankful their meals were being comped.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You want to comp something, comp the extra wine we've had to drink waiting for each other.’
- ‘The fact they were comped for most everything made it even more enjoyable for them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Trouble in paradise on our trip resulted in comped meals for much of the stay.’
- ‘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.’
3short for composite
1Complimentary; free.‘the average fan was unable to get comp press tickets’
free, free of charge, gratis, for nothingView synonyms
- ‘On comp tickets: I get four for each game, and my mom decide who gets them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2short for compensatory
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