1. [ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
Related terms: construction
2. [ verb ] make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to

"I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup"

Related terms: balance
3. [ noun ] (work) number needed to make up whole force
Synonyms: full_complement

: "a full complement of workers"

Related terms: work_force ship's_company
4. [ noun ] (mathematics) a complete number or quantity

: "a full complement"

Related terms: count
5. [ noun ] something added to complete or make perfect

: "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner"

Related terms: increase
6. [ noun ] (biology,chemistry,biochemistry,immunology) one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response
Related terms: enzyme immune_response
7. [ noun ] either of two parts that mutually complete each other
Related terms: counterpart
Similar spelling:   complemental