Quick answer
"Complement" is a noun which is often translated as "el complemento", and "compliment" is a noun which is often translated as "el cumplido". Learn more about the difference between "complement" and "compliment" below.
complement(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (thing that completes)
a. el complemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
New technology is a complememt to classroom teaching, not a substitute for it.La nueva tecnología es un complemento, y no un sustituto, de la enseñanza en el aula.
2. (required number)
a. la dotación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Many schools are functioning without a full complement of teachers.Muchas escuelas están funcionando con una dotación de profesores menor que la estipulada.
b. la miembro de tripulación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(nautical)
The ship had lost three of its complement in the battle.El buque había perdido a tres miembros de su tripulación en la batalla.
3. (grammar)
a. el complemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In the sentence "Keith is my brother.", "my brother" is the complement of "Keith is".En la frase "Keith is my brother.", "my brother" es el complemento de "Keith is".
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to match)
a. complementar
The sommelier can recommend wines to complement your chosen dishes.El sumiller puede recomendar vinos que complementen los platos que hayas elegido.
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compliment(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (praise)
a. el cumplido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Anthony blushed when he heard his husband's compliment.Anthony se ruborizó al escuchar el cumplido de su marido.
b. el halago
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She is so sweet; I only have compliments for her.Es tan dulce; solo tengo halagos para ella.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to praise)
a. felicitar
I just wanted to compliment you for the fantastic dinner you prepared.Solo quería felicitarte por la fantástica cena que has preparado.
b. halagar
I always feel uncomfortable when someone compliments me.Siempre me siento incómoda cuando alguien me halaga.
compliments
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (greetings)
a. los saludos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He gave me compliments from his sister for you.Me dio saludos de su hermana para ti.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Please give my compliments to the director.Mi enhorabuena al director.
Send my compliments to your mum!¡Saluda a tu madre de mi parte!
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