comp

1
[komp]Informal.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to compose (type).

Origin of comp

1
First recorded in 1865–70; shortened form

comp

2
[komp]Informal.
noun
  1. a ticket, book, service, etc., provided free of charge to specially chosen recipients.
adjective
  1. complimentary; free of charge: I received a comp copy of her book.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a comp: Some casinos comped the biggest spenders, providing rooms and meals on the house.
  2. to provide free of charge: His meals and drinks at the hotel were often comped.

Origin of comp

2
First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening of complimentary

comp

3
[komp]
verb (used without object) Jazz.
  1. to accompany a soloist with a succession of irregularly spaced chords that punctuate the rhythm.

Origin of comp

3
1945–50, Americanism; shortening of accompany

comp

4
[komp]
noun Often comps. Informal.
  1. comprehensive(def 4).

Origin of comp

4
by shortening

comp

5
[komp]
noun Informal.
  1. compensation: workers' comp; unemployment comp.

Origin of comp

5
by shortening

comp.

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Examples from the Web for comp

Contemporary Examples of comp

  • Liberian taxes will be initially be deducted, but “MAY be comp'd” considering the “high priority International situation.”

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    $10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters

    Abby Haglage

    October 7, 2014

  • But a bigger problem is that employers know why people get a PhD in Comp Lit or Religious Studies: so they can be a professor.

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    What's the Use of a PhD?

    Megan McArdle

    February 21, 2013

  • Co-producer Margaret Young added that she would be more than happy to comp Romney and Huntsman copies of the film.

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    Mormons Wrestle With a Racist Past

    Lizzie Crocker

    August 2, 2011

  • LinkedIn is like a comp in real estate: the price that will help determine the worth of homes in that same neighborhood.

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    LinkedIn's Market 'Insanity'

    Gary Rivlin

    May 19, 2011

  • Yet corporate executives who create value get taxed in full on their comp packages.

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    The Secret Billionaire Tax Break

    Randall Lane

    June 9, 2010

Historical Examples of comp


British Dictionary definitions for comp

comp

noun
  1. a compositor
  2. an accompanist
  3. an accompaniment
  4. a competition
verb
  1. (intr) to work as a compositor in the printing industry
  2. to play an accompaniment (to)
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Word Origin and History for comp
n.

"complimentary ticket," 1885, short for complimentary. Meaning "nonpaying guest" is attested by 1930s; generalized to "anything given free" by 1960s. As a verb, by 1974. Related: Comped; comping. As a shortening of compensation (especially worker's/workman's) it was in use by 1970s.

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