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COMPLEMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does complement mean? 

COMPLEMENT (noun)
  The noun COMPLEMENT has 6 senses:

1. a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
2. a complete number or quantity
3. number needed to make up a whole force
4. something added to complete or make perfect
5. one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response
6. either of two parts that mutually complete each other

  Familiarity information: COMPLEMENT used as a noun is common.


COMPLEMENT (verb)
  The verb COMPLEMENT has 1 sense:

1. make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to

  Familiarity information: COMPLEMENT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPLEMENT (noun)


Sense 1complement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("complement" is a kind of...):

construction; expression; grammatical construction (a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit)


Sense 2complement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A complete number or quantity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Context example:

a full complement

Hypernyms ("complement" is a kind of...):

count (the total number counted)


Sense 3complement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Number needed to make up a whole force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

full complement; complement

Context example:

a full complement of workers

Hypernyms ("complement" is a kind of...):

hands; manpower; men; work force; workforce (the force of workers available)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "complement"):

company; ship's company (crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship)


Sense 4complement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something added to complete or make perfect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner

Hypernyms ("complement" is a kind of...):

increase; increment (the amount by which something increases)


Sense 5complement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("complement" is a kind of...):

enzyme (any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions)

Holonyms ("complement" is a part of...):

immune reaction; immune response; immunologic response (a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen)


Sense 6complement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Either of two parts that mutually complete each other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("complement" is a kind of...):

counterpart; opposite number; vis-a-vis (a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another)


COMPLEMENT (verb)


Sense 1complement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup

Hypernyms (to "complement" is one way to...):

balance; equilibrate; equilibrise; equilibrize (bring into balance or equilibrium)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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