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Definitions of compliment

  1. express respect or esteem for Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. say something to someone that expresses praise; "He complimented her on her last physics paper" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. An expression, by word or act, of approbation, regard, confidence, civility, or admiration; a flattering speech or attention; a ceremonious greeting; as, to send one's compliments to a friend. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. To praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of approbation, respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a compliment to. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A formal expression of courtesy, approval, or admiration; delicate flattery. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To flatter; congratulate; praise. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. An expression of regard: delicate flattery. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To pay a compliment to: to express respect for: to praise: to flatter. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. An expression of regard or admiration; flattering remark. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To pay a compliment to; flatter. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To pay a compliment to; use or exchange compliments. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. An expression of admiration, congratulation, or the like. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. A formal greeting; usually in the plural. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. An expression of regard; praise; delicate flattery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To address with expressions of approbation or respect; to congratulate; to praise; to flatter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To pass compliments; to use ceremony or ceremonious language. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. An expression of civility, respect, or regard-used in this sense generally in the plu., as, my compliments to a friend; a present or favour bestowed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. To flatter; to praise; to congratulate; to address with expressions of approbation, esteem, or respect. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. kom'pli-ment, n. an expression of regard or praise: delicate flattery: an expression of formal respect or civility: a present.--v.t. COMPLIMENT', to pay a compliment to: to express respect for: to praise: to flatter: to congratulate: to make a present.--v.i. to make compliments.--adjs. COMPLIMENT'AL, expressing or implying compliment; COMPLIMENT'ARY, conveying, or expressive of, civility or praise: using compliments.--n. COMPLIMENT'ER, one who pays compliments.--COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON, compliments appropriate to special times, as Christmas and birthdays; LEFT-HANDED COMPLIMENT, a saying intended to seem a compliment, but in reality the reverse; PAY, or PRESENT, ONE'S COMPLIMENTS, to give one's respects or greeting. [Fr. compliment--L. complementum. See COMPLY.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Polite expression of praise, as pay, make, a c.; act implying praise; (pl.). formal greetings, as make, pay, send one\'s cc.; cc. of (greetings appropriate to) the season; (archaic) gift, gratuity. Hence complimentary a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. Pay a compliment to (person on thing); present (person with thing) as mark of courtesy. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. n. [Latin] An expression of civility, regard, or admiration; —a present or favour. Cabinet Dictionary
  25. An act or expression of civility, usually understood to mean less than it declares. Complete Dictionary

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