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compliment

Spelled compl-i-ment, the English word meaning "praise." Spelled compl-e-ment, the term refers to numbers. See complement.
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Ms Wass put to him that complimenting the girl about her bikini was a comment on her body, and suggested he was admiring her sexually.
A speech act is defined as an utterance intended to perform a certain function (Austin, 1962); in addition to complimenting, other speech acts may include apologizing, greeting, thanking, expressing regrets, and so on.
Even if a female might compliment a male's appearance with no underlying romantic feelings, it could still be taken the wrong way, since it is not as common [as males complimenting females on appearance].
Start by complimenting her: "That lip gloss is so fabulous
Q Our manager has this annoying habit of complimenting us, and then throwing in a piece of criticism.
Cyndi & Dave closed the program by telling the audience to stop by and complimenting the Chef on his delicious and innovative H3 Wraps.
The hotel's historical significance, indigenous qualities and sheer beauty make it a perfect fit within the brand, beautifully complimenting a portfolio which includes The Gritti Palace in Venice, The Princeville in Hawaii and the Hotel Imperial in Vienna," commented Kerry Hatch, President of the Luxury Collection.