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comp1

[komp]Informal.
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noun
  1. a compositor.
  2. composition.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to compose (type).
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Origin of comp1

First recorded in 1865–70; shortened form

comp2

[komp]Informal.
noun
  1. a ticket, book, service, etc., provided free of charge to specially chosen recipients.
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adjective
  1. complimentary; free of charge: I received a comp copy of her book.
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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.
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Origin of comp2

First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening of complimentary

comp3

[komp]
verb (used without object) Jazz.
  1. to accompany a soloist with a succession of irregularly spaced chords that punctuate the rhythm.
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Origin of comp3

1945–50, Americanism; shortening of accompany

comp4

[komp]
noun Often comps. Informal.
  1. comprehensive(def 4).
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Origin of comp4

by shortening

comp5

[komp]
noun Informal.
  1. compensation: workers' comp; unemployment comp.
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Origin of comp5

by shortening

comp.

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comp

noun
  1. a compositor
  2. an accompanist
  3. an accompaniment
  4. a competition
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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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