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‘Complement’ or ‘compliment’?
Complement and compliment (together with related words such as complementary and complimentary) are frequently confused. They are pronounced in the same way but have quite different meanings: as a verb complement means ‘add to something in a way that enhances or improves’, as in:
A classic blazer complements a look that’s smart or casual.
while compliment means ‘admire and praise someone for something’, as in:
He complimented her on her appearance.
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