complimentary

adjective
com·​pli·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce complimentary (audio) \

Definition of complimentary

1a : expressing praise or admiration : expressing or containing a compliment a complimentary remark
b : favorable the novel received complimentary reviews
2 : given free as a courtesy or favor complimentary tickets

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Other Words from complimentary

complimentarily \ ˌkäm-​plə-​ˈmen-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce complimentarily (audio) , -​(ˌ)men-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce complimentarily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of complimentary in a Sentence

Furtado is as complimentary about Elliott's manicure … as she is about Elliott's business acumen. — David A. Keeps, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2001 In the bar that evening I at last had the Holiday Inn's complimentary drink, "Tropical Aura." — V. S. Naipaul, Among the Believers, 1981 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 She made complimentary remarks about his work. They handed out complimentary brochures. The restaurant offers valet parking as a complimentary service.
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Start your day with therapeutic sound healing therapy, then treat yourself to a complimentary 60-minute Swedish massage to relax your muscles. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 Students who meet their weekly reading goals get complimentary pizza and cinnamon rolls from Slim & Husky’s. Lizzy Alfs, USA TODAY, "Slim & Husky's: 'Pizza beeria' gives Nashville community a slice of fame," 10 July 2018 Bikes are complimentary and some rooms come with private patios. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 Reporter’s note: This meal was complimentary — but my opinions are my own. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First Bite: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi's Sunday izakaya lunch," 9 July 2018 The service is normally $135 (full disclosure: as part of reporting this post, my service was complimentary) that includes a full-body scrub, wet massage with milk and lavender oil, and a hydrating facial. Shammara Lawrence, SELF, "I Got My Softest Skin Ever From a Korean Spa Full Body Scrub," 26 June 2018 There's a swim-up bar and in-water mask bar (the silica mask is complimentary; lava scrub and algae mask cost extra). Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Iceland Travel Blog: Warming up in Blue Lagoon, plus tips on saving money, driving," 14 May 2018 On that phone, Samsung has built a 24 MP, f/1.7 main lens, with complimentary 10MP zoom, 8 MP 12mm ultrawide, and 5MP depth-sensing lenses. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders show hole-punch camera, headphone jack, and no fingerprint sensor," 13 Dec. 2018 There’s still nothing better for Donald Trump than getting the front page of the New York Times and a reasonably complimentary headline. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains what the press gets wrong about the Trump administration," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of complimentary

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for complimentary

see compliment entry 1

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complimentary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of complimentary

: expressing praise or admiration for someone or something
: given for free

complimentary

adjective
com·​pli·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce complimentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē\

Kids Definition of complimentary

1 : expressing or containing praise, approval, respect, or admiration complimentary remarks
2 : given free as a courtesy or favor complimentary tickets

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