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complement (verb) complete; to add to something, so that it is improved or made more attractive.

'The choice of his clothes complements his tall and handsome appearance.' This means that the clothes he wears improve his appearance and make him look more handsome. To complement means to add something which completes what appears to be incomplete. It improves what it is added to, or makes it more attractive. The wine served at a dinner complements the dinner if the dinner is more enjoyable because of the wine. 'The sociability of his wife complements his reserve and composure.' This means that the qualities of the wife and those of the husband form a whole, and that makes them, as a couple, attractive.

  • The spaciousness and airiness of their drawing room are complemented by the beautiful paintings adorning the walls, and all these features together make the drawing room perfect.
  • The simplicity of Samantha's ornaments complements her charm, and makes her look perfect. Even a little more of ornamentation would only make her look less attractive.
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