complimentary

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

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 , -​(ˌ)men-​ˈter-​ə-​lē \ 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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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 Alcohol is complimentary, and meals are served on custom dinnerware—like, real plates and forks. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "United's New 'Premium Plus' Seats Are Like Mini-Recliners," 3 Dec. 2018 Zero stars: not recommended.) Plain Dealer reviewers make at least two anonymous visits to each restaurant and do not accept complimentary meals. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Cleveland's Fluffy Duck Cafe specializes in croissants, breads (photos, review)," 5 Apr. 2018 In the end, Memorial's Cherkasov wasn't too complimentary of the U.S. president, either. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, "What's next for Putin's Russia after World Cup?," 17 July 2018 To many people, Silicon Valley is the world’s capital of happy offices; a land of ping-pong tables, lavish buffets, complimentary dry-cleaning and unlimited vacation days. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018 Play daily to reveal special offers, complimentary treasures, and more. Glamour, "The Black Friday Beauty Deals You Need to Know," 22 Nov. 2018 Downstairs in an enormous basement with complimentary Wi-Fi, the brand has merchandised its product with an eye to history. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Two Very Big Reasons You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping in Midtown Manhattan," 20 Nov. 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, -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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