Origin of complemented
- a word or group of words that completes a grammatical construction in the predicate and that describes or is identified with the subject or object, as small in The house is small or president in They elected her president.Compare object complement, subject complement.
- any word or group of words used to complete a grammatical construction, especially in the predicate, including adverbials, as on the table in He put it on the table, infinitives, as to go in They are ready to go, and sometimes objects, as ball in He caught the ball.
- a system in vertebrate blood of 12 or more proteins that react in a cascade to a cell displaying immune complexes or foreign surfaces, acting in various combinations to coat the cell and promote phagocytosis, make holes in the cell wall, or enhance the inflammatory response.
- any of the proteins in the complement system, designated C1, C2, etc.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of complement
Related Words for complementedintegrate, achieve, perfect, finish, conclude, cap, crown, accomplish, consummate, fulfill, clinch
Examples from the Web for complemented
Contemporary Examples of complemented
His piercing azure eyes are complemented by a new addition to his appearance: a septum piercing in his nose.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
They have more than complemented and enhanced his work with their own design.Alan Cumming’s ‘Macbeth’ and a New Sonnet App Breathe New Life Into Shakespeare
July 13, 2012
Watched side by side on Monday night, in a way no viewer will ever watch them, the two complemented each other nicely.Diane vs. Katie: Round One
December 21, 2009
The morning air contributed to the mood, which complemented the RPMs of the motor and the sound of heat pushing through the vents.First Day Out of Prison
January 26, 2009
Historical Examples of complemented
He had a pleasant smile, complemented by his clear blue eyes.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
Thus it may be said that he and Llera complemented each other to perfection.Froth
Armando Palacio Valds
The laugh did them good, and complemented the corrective which had been administered to them by the minister.Sevenoaks
J. G. Holland
The sash was complemented by a belt which was a mass of pearls in relief on a ground of gold embroidery.The Prince of India, Volume I
The case of Germany is a hospital case, a case for the alienist; the mania of grandeur, complemented by the mania of persecution.The Pentecost of Calamity
- a noun phrase that follows a copula or similar verb, as for example an idiot in the sentence He is an idiot
- a clause that serves as the subject or direct object of a verb or the direct object of a preposition, as for example that he would be early in the sentence I hoped that he would be early
Word Origin for complement
late 14c., "that which completes," from Old French compliement "accomplishment, fulfillment" (14c., Modern French complément), from Latin complementum "that which fills up or completes," from complere "fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Originally also having senses which were taken up c.1650-1725 by compliment.
1610s, "exchange courtesies," from complement (n.). Meaning "make complete" is from 1640s. Related: Complemented; complementing.