Definition of complimentary in English:

complimentary

adjective

  • 1Expressing a compliment; praising or approving.

    ‘Jennie was very complimentary about Kathy's riding’
    ‘complimentary remarks’
    • ‘There are blogs that block opposing views and post opinions only complimentary to the subject at hand.’
    • ‘Of course, many of the rowers had seen the TV show and were all surprisingly complimentary about our efforts and achievements.’
    • ‘The second was rather less complimentary and said he was more non-League than World Cup winner.’
    • ‘Even the odd complimentary remark can annoy me a little.’
    • ‘A complimentary comment about a recent survey ensured that colleague Michael joined me one sunny lunchtime.’
    • ‘There are others, not all of them quite so complimentary.’
    • ‘In any case, the letters he received from editors when they returned his manuscripts were invariably complimentary about his prose.’
    • ‘Three inspectors spent three days at the 60 pupil village school in September and their findings were all complimentary.’
    • ‘Hope you don't mind, but my comments range from the highly complimentary to severe criticism.’
    • ‘Except for complimentary remarks about the food, little was said during the meal.’
    • ‘The comments from the young whipper snappers were less than complimentary.’
    • ‘They read it at tempo, at sight and were very complimentary about the arrangement.’
    • ‘Although the report is complimentary about many facets of life in the maximum security prison, it says work is needed to improve in some of the key areas.’
    • ‘It was used ubiquitously but never in complimentary terms.’
    • ‘Seeing himself on screen afterwards was pretty scary, though colleagues had been complimentary.’
    • ‘We have received some very complimentary remarks from our customers about the facilities and the services we offer.’
    • ‘I want to make a comment about my colleague Simon Power, who was so complimentary of the rest of us here tonight.’
    • ‘He was, if anything, less complimentary than the inspector had been.’
    • ‘Sammy smiled and said something complimentary about the cooking smells.’
    • ‘But this should be seen as something complimentary.’
    flattering, appreciative, congratulatory, admiring, approving, commendatory, laudatory, highly favourable, glowing, eulogizing, adulatory
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  • 2Given or supplied free of charge.

    ‘a complimentary bottle of wine’
    • ‘Guests will be treated to a buffet, complimentary champagne and party favours.’
    • ‘You will get a complimentary bottle of California wine and your service charge is waived in the Traveler.’
    • ‘Most theaters offer complimentary tickets if you review their show for the paper.’
    • ‘Daniel offered me a drink of complimentary champagne, but I shook my head vehemently.’
    • ‘I heard similar comments as I waited in the long line for the complimentary drinks when it did open.’
    • ‘Each quiz entrant will receive a complimentary strip of tickets for the raffle that will take place during the night.’
    • ‘The lovely and complimentary long-stemmed roses at the brunch will show your special gratitude for her caring.’
    • ‘Each sponsor will be proved with two complimentary tickets for the show, valued at €10 each.’
    • ‘The hotel had no notification of our complimentary tickets.’
    • ‘I was starving this morning and the complimentary breakfast was much appreciated.’
    • ‘Here, guests can enjoy a variety of reading materials and complimentary refreshments.’
    • ‘Enjoy a feast of bistro food and one complimentary beverage.’
    • ‘We hadn't even ordered when the waiter brought us complimentary glasses of decent champagne.’
    • ‘A complimentary copy will automatically be sent to everyone leaving behind an e-mail address.’
    • ‘A complimentary gift basket will be delivered to you in appreciation for the time taken to complete the survey.’
    • ‘Some of the stalls offered their own product discounts and complimentary gifts, to encourage customer sales.’
    • ‘At most, I could get a complimentary bottle of wine, but inspiration came free, he said.’
    • ‘Instead, each passenger will receive a complimentary bottle of distilled water.’
    • ‘In exchange for volunteer services, the club would provide a complimentary match ticket for any area of the ground for every game.’
    • ‘They were also given the chance to try complimentary treatments including Indian head massage as well as joining local fitness centres.’
    free, free of charge, gratis, for nothing
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