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Translation of complement in Spanish:


American English: /ˈkɑmpləmənt/
British English: /ˈkɒmplɪm(ə)nt/
  • 1 1.1complement (to something) 1.2 (Linguistics)
    predicativo (masculine)
    complemento (masculine) predicativo
    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.
    1.3 (Mathematics) the complement of an angle
    el complemento de un ángulo
    Example sentences
    • Likewise, in base 2, the complement of a number is obtained by subtraction from a row of 1's.
  • 2 (full number) the orchestra had the full complement of strings
    la orquestra contaba con una sección de cuerdas completa
    the ship's complement (Nautical)
    la tripulación or dotación completa
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

American English: /ˈkɑmpləˌmɛnt/
British English: /ˈkɒmplɪmɛnt/
  • those colors complement each other
    esos colores se complementan (entre sí)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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