Whats the difference between compliment and complement?

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Can you help me with these sentences?  I just need to know when you say something nice about somebody are you complementing or complimenting.  Sentence 1:  I looked so pretty in my dress that even my evil little brother Scotty gave me a (complement) or (compliment).  He was trying to butter me up to give him some candy. Sentence #2: When the audience applauded and everybody was standing up, he knew he did a good job. It was like somebody giving him a total body compliment/complement.

P.S This is for a book I’m writing about my life and I want to write about when I got appreciation and congratulations like “feel good moments.”

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/04/compliment-or-complement/

Lewis NeidhardtAug 25 '13 at 00:32

"Compliment" will suit in all of your sentences.

SanjayAug 25 '13 at 09:01

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When someone gives you a compliment, he or she respects or admires for something that you have achieved or done. When you complement somebne, you join him or her to form a whole. You may have some skills that the other person is lacking, and the other person may have skills that you lack. Together, two of you complete each other. When I won a gold medal in the running competition, compliments started pouring in from all directions. Their marriage ended up in a divorce as they could not complement each other.

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