compliment

noun
1 expression of praise
ADJECTIVE
big, great, tremendous, ultimate

To listen to someone is the greatest compliment you can pay.

biggest, highest
nice, wonderful
unexpected
backhanded, left-handed (AmE)

In a backhanded compliment she said he looked very good for his age.

VERB + COMPLIMENT
give, pay sb
mean sth as

Please don't misunderstand me—I meant it as a compliment.

get, receive
accept, acknowledge, take

She acknowledged their compliments with a big smile.

appreciate
regard sth as, take sth as

I'll take that as a compliment.

fish for

She's always fishing for compliments about her looks.

repay, return

He returned her compliment by saying how well she looked.

PREPOSITION
compliment on

She received several compliments on her speech.

compliment to

If Mark's wearing a suit, that'll be a compliment to you!

2 (formal) your compliments good wishes
VERB + COMPLIMENTS
give sb, present (sb with), send sb

Please give my compliments to your wife.

COMPLIMENTS + NOUN
slip (BrE)

The only enclosure was a formal compliments slip from the accounts department.

PREPOSITION
with sb's compliment (= free)

All guests will receive a bottle of champagne with our compliments.

compliment to

my compliments to the chef

(= to show that you like a particular dish)

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