- 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)
Words nearby complement
Origin of complement
OTHER WORDS FROM complementcom·ple·ment·er, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH complementcomplement supplement (see synonym study at the current entry)complement compliment (see usage note at the current entry)
synonym study for complement
usage note for complement
Examples from the Web for complementing
Complementing him, she added Uri Sagi, a well-respected former leader of military intelligence.
The strategy of complementing helps in broadening the interpretation.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
Corruption, theft and graft were tolerated by the state as means of complementing income.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
Complementing the work of these men and women was the opinion of the American serviceman himself.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965|Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for complementing
- 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