Definition of complimentary in US English:



  • 1Expressing a compliment; praising or approving.

    ‘Jennie was very complimentary about Kathy's riding’
    ‘complimentary remarks’
    • ‘He was, if anything, less complimentary than the inspector had been.’
    • ‘Seeing himself on screen afterwards was pretty scary, though colleagues had been complimentary.’
    • ‘Hope you don't mind, but my comments range from the highly complimentary to severe criticism.’
    • ‘Even the odd complimentary remark can annoy me a little.’
    • ‘There are blogs that block opposing views and post opinions only complimentary to the subject at hand.’
    • ‘The second was rather less complimentary and said he was more non-League than World Cup winner.’
    • ‘Of course, many of the rowers had seen the TV show and were all surprisingly complimentary about our efforts and achievements.’
    • ‘A complimentary comment about a recent survey ensured that colleague Michael joined me one sunny lunchtime.’
    • ‘Three inspectors spent three days at the 60 pupil village school in September and their findings were all complimentary.’
    • ‘The comments from the young whipper snappers were less than complimentary.’
    • ‘But this should be seen as something complimentary.’
    • ‘In any case, the letters he received from editors when they returned his manuscripts were invariably complimentary about his prose.’
    • ‘There are others, not all of them quite so complimentary.’
    • ‘We have received some very complimentary remarks from our customers about the facilities and the services we offer.’
    • ‘Except for complimentary remarks about the food, little was said during the meal.’
    • ‘Sammy smiled and said something complimentary about the cooking smells.’
    • ‘It was used ubiquitously but never in complimentary terms.’
    • ‘They read it at tempo, at sight and were very complimentary about the arrangement.’
    • ‘I want to make a comment about my colleague Simon Power, who was so complimentary of the rest of us here tonight.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘I heard similar comments as I waited in the long line for the complimentary drinks when it did open.’
    • ‘Guests will be treated to a buffet, complimentary champagne and party favours.’
    • ‘In exchange for volunteer services, the club would provide a complimentary match ticket for any area of the ground for every game.’
    • ‘Enjoy a feast of bistro food and one complimentary beverage.’
    • ‘A complimentary gift basket will be delivered to you in appreciation for the time taken to complete the survey.’
    • ‘They were also given the chance to try complimentary treatments including Indian head massage as well as joining local fitness centres.’
    • ‘Each quiz entrant will receive a complimentary strip of tickets for the raffle that will take place during the night.’
    • ‘At most, I could get a complimentary bottle of wine, but inspiration came free, he said.’
    • ‘Daniel offered me a drink of complimentary champagne, but I shook my head vehemently.’
    • ‘Most theaters offer complimentary tickets if you review their show for the paper.’
    • ‘Each sponsor will be proved with two complimentary tickets for the show, valued at €10 each.’
    • ‘We hadn't even ordered when the waiter brought us complimentary glasses of decent champagne.’
    • ‘Instead, each passenger will receive a complimentary bottle of distilled water.’
    • ‘The hotel had no notification of our complimentary tickets.’
    • ‘You will get a complimentary bottle of California wine and your service charge is waived in the Traveler.’
    • ‘I was starving this morning and the complimentary breakfast was much appreciated.’
    • ‘Some of the stalls offered their own product discounts and complimentary gifts, to encourage customer sales.’
    • ‘A complimentary copy will automatically be sent to everyone leaving behind an e-mail address.’
    • ‘Here, guests can enjoy a variety of reading materials and complimentary refreshments.’
    • ‘The lovely and complimentary long-stemmed roses at the brunch will show your special gratitude for her caring.’
    free, free of charge, gratis, for nothing
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