\ ˈkämp How to pronounce comp (audio) \

Definition of comp

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a complimentary ticket broadly : something provided free of charge


verb (1)
comped; comping; comps

Definition of comp (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to provide (someone) with something free a hotel comping celebrities for their rooms Tim had turned to greet a fellow in a tweedy sport coat, and I saw him signal the bartender to comp the guy to a drink.— Sue Grafton also : to provide (something) free of charge Opening night, there was enough of an overflow, and enough angry people left in the hallways, that management started to comp hotel rooms to soothe the frazzled. — Ben Fong-Torres


verb (2)
\ ˈkəmp How to pronounce comp (audio) , ˈkämp \
comped; comping; comps

Definition of comp (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to punctuate and support a jazz solo with irregularly spaced chords

Definition of comp (Entry 4 of 4)

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Examples of comp in a Sentence

Noun this hotel offers its guests more comps, including a free bottle of champagne, than most in its class
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ware said local merchants cover the costs for the evening or provide donations, including food, while Tony Salerno's Windy City Amusement comps the rides for the night. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Long-time volunteers ready for South Elgin's Riverfest Express," 15 Aug. 2017 Full disclosure: The two races were comped by Reebok. Leslie Green, SELF, "Spartan Races Scared the Sh*t Out of Me—So I Trained for Two," 31 July 2017 A 20-page softcover costs you $10 with 35-cents per extra page, while hardcover runs $20, with extras comping in at 65-cents a shot. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Our Favorite Gear This Month, From Cameras to Cookware," 31 July 2017 During their stay, the pair is comped a car by rental agency, KMFUN, just one of many investors covering the movie’s $1 million price tag. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "SoCal filmmakers open the ‘golden door’ of Kinmen, a Chinese island with rich history," 22 May 2017 In the meantime, Steppenwolf will retain its policy related to comping critics for our productions. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Arts / It's Complicated / News Steppenwolf releases ‘official statement’ on Hedy Weiss review uproar," 23 June 2017 The club probably comped everything in exchange for having him show up. Dan Gartland,, "Rob Gronkowski Denies He Ran Up a $102,000 Bar Tab at a Nightclub — Despite the Receipts," 20 June 2017 President Donald Trump's second eldest son told the magazine that use of the golf course was free, and much of the merchandise, drinks and entertainment was comped. Betsy Klein, CNN, "Forbes: Eric Trump charity money went to Trump business," 7 June 2017 Wharton’s publisher, Charles Scribner, assented enthusiastically to the idea, pledging to comp all advertising and commission fees. Anne Trubek, Smithsonian, "Edith Wharton Recruited the World’s Greatest Artists to Raise Money for WWI Refugees," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of comp


1887, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1961, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comp


short for complimentary

Verb (2)

short for accompany

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“Comp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of comp

US, informal : something that is given to someone (such as a customer) for free

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