Pronunciation: ( —n.kom'plu-munt; —v.kom'plu-ment"),[key] —n. 1. an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A sincere compliment boosts one's morale. 2. a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard: The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him. 3. compliments,a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards: He sends you his compliments. 4. Archaic.a gift; present.
—v.t. 1. to pay a compliment to: She complimented the child on his good behavior. 2. to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor: He complimented us by giving a party in our honor. 3. to congratulate; felicitate: to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.