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complement, compliment

Complement spelled with an e means “something that completes or makes perfect.” It can be used as both a noun and a verb.

  • The light-bodied Riesling was an excellent complement to the meal.
  • The blue shirt that Denis is wearing complements his green eyes.

Compliment spelled with an i means “praise.” Compliment can be used as a noun or a verb.

  • Sheila doesn’t receive enough compliments for her excellent work.
  • Victoria appreciates style and often compliments people on what they wear.