- 1A thing that completes or brings to perfection: the libretto proved a perfect complement to the musicMore example sentences
- And I'm going to start off a new occasional feature, a complement to my ‘How Not to Do It’ series of lab stories.
- Many retailers are also becoming more active in the seed business or are partnering with seed companies, so seed treatment as a whole is a great complement to and natural extension of the seed business.
- As a complement to the board's oversight, FDA will improve transparency by sharing drug safety information sooner and more broadly and conveniently.
- 2 [in singular] A number or quantity of something required to make a group complete: at the moment we have a full complement of staffMore example sentences
amount, total, contingent, capacity, allowance, quota
- This will require a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts.
- The cell is then stretched and split into two halves on the framework of microtubules, each half containing a full complement of chromosomes.
- Tetraploids, inheriting a full complement of chromosomes from each parent, and thus having double the normal allowance, occur in nature or can be induced.
- 2.1The number of people required to crew a ship: almost half the ship’s complement of 322 were woundedMore example sentences
- Each ship will have a complement of typically 1,200, including 600 air crew.
- The ship's complement is 210 crew with 13 officers.
- Eliminating meals will also mean the normal complement of cabin crew can be cut from six to three.
- 2.3 Mathematics The members of a set that are not members of a given subset.More example sentences
- Likewise, in base 2, the complement of a number is obtained by subtraction from a row of 1's.
- 3 Grammar One or more words, phrases, or clauses governed by a verb (or by a nominalization or a predicative adjective) that complete the meaning of the predicate.More example sentences
- Complement clauses are subordinate clauses that function as complements of a word: that they were too noisy in She told them that they were too noisy.
- Recall that a verb governs an object, and the head of a phrase governs the complement.
- For many people, ‘feel like’ has become a complex verb that takes sentential complements.
- 4 Physiology A group of proteins present in blood plasma and tissue fluid that combine with an antigen-antibody complex to bring about the lysis of foreign cells.More example sentences
- An example is a transfusion reaction in which IgG and IgM anti-red-cell antibodies activate complement and cause cell lysis.
- Red blood cell susceptibility to complement was ruled out via a negative sucrose hemolysis test thus precluding a diagnosis of PNH.16
- The DAT is usually positive, confirming the presence of IgG antibodies with or without complement on the red cells.
- 1Add to (something) in a way that enhances or improves it; make perfect: a classic blazer complements a look that’s stylish or casualMore example sentences
accompany, go with, round off, set off, suit, harmonize with; enhance, complete
- This capability complements policy-based management features that allow automated or advised actions, based on conditions detected through advanced diagnostics.
- Riding last year's breakthrough, he's using slightly improved on-base skills to complement his power-speed combination.
- There was something about his personality that lent itself to New York, a stubborn quality that complements a stubborn city.
- 1.1Add to or make complete: the proposals complement the incentives already availableMore example sentences
- The Nubira complements the already strong line up of Matiz, Kalos and Tacuma.
- Bosses at Pizza Pioneer, which in July will celebrate its 16th anniversary, have decided to open during the day to complement its already buoyant evening business.
- I am pleased to hear that a good variety of businesses have made the decision to locate here and this will complement the already thriving business community locally.
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- These distinctions between replacement and complemental were particularly marked at seven points.
- Of course, the question of how a dwarf or complemental male finds an appropriate host to house him still remains.
- The affinity between the mutually complemental antibody and receptor was described by a weighted affinity matrix.
Complement and compliment (together with related words such as complementary and complimentary) are frequently confused. They are pronounced in the same way but have quite different meanings: as a verb, complement means ‘add to something in a way that enhances or improves,’ as in a classic blazer complements a look that’s smart or casual , while compliment means ‘admire and praise someone for something,’ as in he complimented her on her appearance . Complementary means ‘forming a complement or addition, completing,’ as in I purchased a suit with a complementary tie . This is often confused with complimentary, for which one sense is ‘given freely, as a courtesy’: honeymooners receive complimentary fruit and flowers .