complimentary

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adjective com·pli·men·ta·ry \ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē\

Definition of complimentary

  1. 1a :  expressing praise or admiration :  expressing or containing a compliment a complimentary remarkb :  favorable the novel received complimentary reviews

  2. 2 :  given free as a courtesy or favor complimentary tickets

complimentarily

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Examples of complimentary in a Sentence

  1. Furtado is as complimentary about Elliott's manicure … as she is about Elliott's business acumen. —David A. Keeps, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2001

  2. In the bar that evening I at last had the Holiday Inn's complimentary drink, “Tropical Aura.” —V. S. Naipaul, Among the Believers, 1981

  3. Wilbur had been feeling dizzier and dizzier through this long, complimentary speech. When he heard the crowd begin to cheer and clap again, he suddenly fainted away. —E. B. White, Charlotte's Web, 1952

  4. She made complimentary remarks about his work.

  5. They handed out complimentary brochures.

  6. The restaurant offers valet parking as a complimentary service.

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Origin and Etymology of complimentary

see 1compliment


COMPLIMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners

complimentary

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adjective

Definition of complimentary for English Language Learners

  • : expressing praise or admiration for someone or something

  • : given for free


COMPLIMENTARY Defined for Kids

complimentary

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adjective com·pli·men·ta·ry \ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\

Definition of complimentary for Students

  1. 1 :  expressing or containing praise, approval, respect, or admiration complimentary remarks

  2. 2 :  given free as a courtesy or favor complimentary tickets



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