com·​ple·​men·​tor ˈkäm-plə-ˌmen-tər How to pronounce complementor (audio)
plural complementors
: a company that sells a product or service that complements the products or services of another company
Microsoft and Intel are complementors. Microsoft's sophisticated software packages require ever more powerful chips from Intel. The chips in turn make the software feasible and economic.Richard Koch, The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Powerful Laws of Nature, 2013
Hard negotiations with complementors (companies with complementary products/services and mutual customers) and suppliers can come back to bite you.Rajshree Agarwal and Raj Echambadi, The Baltimore Sun, 4 Nov. 2011
Often the adoption of new technology and the growth of the market are affected by the degree to which complementary products and services are available from complementors for customers.Adrian Ryans et al., Winning Market Leadership, 2000

Word History

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of complementor was in 1996

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“Complementor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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